Interface Security KeyGhost II Keyloggers
By: David (DataOrb)
The name is bond, James bond.
I am about to tell you, should be kept confident, should not leave within
of this article. Think for a second about how many passwords you input
to your computer? Maybe One for your ISP? And Maybe One for your mobile
ISP? And let's not forget One for all of the discussion forums you frequently
visit. How much confident information you log into various web sites?
Perhaps your credit card number? Or maybe your phone number? How much
information you disclose about yourself? You think that information is
safe? Sure, with 128bit encryption algorithms, it might be hard to crack
your information out of the encrypted file.
Ever head of the term "Key Loggers"? they are nasty pieces of software that will record and monitor about every letter you type in that keyboard of yours. And when the time is right, with a simple command, the EVIL individual who installed that software on your computer, can retrieve the entire log, can retrieve the entire content of a mouth (or perhaps even more) worth of typing, via the net, or physically being at your computer. While software key loggers were around for a LONG… LONG time, since the early days of DOS and UNIX, but they always had the limitations involved of actually being installed on a computer hard disk. Which means you must boot the computer, log as a user WITH install and modification permissions, install the software, and hope that no conflicts will arise from the installation, conflicts that might give the user you are trying to monitor hints that something is strange, that something is not quite all right.
So here enters the "Sovereign" class starship of KeyLoggers. The KeyGhost. But this round, it's not software based. It's hardware based. The KeyGhost is a revolutionary product, a simple 30cm long cable with a white cylinder at the middle, that when is connected to a computer, LOGS EACH AND EVERY keystroke a user enters. And can spill it all on demand, Form the same terminal being monitored, or from a computer 50km away. All you need is a computer terminal with a PS/2 port and a text editor. No need for software.
No need for external drivers, No need to to reboot computer. No need for any special action. Simply connecting the KeyGhost to a PS/2 Keyboard port will activate it. Allowing it to feed power from the host computer (no need for any external power connector, no need for a battery, no need for an outlet), and will quietly, in the background, without ever interfering with the computer operations, without taking any system recourses will start logging every keystroke the user enters.
And in the end of the day, when the user begin monitored logs off from his terminal, thinking no one will ever get access to sensitive information, you walk by the computer, pull the KeyGhost from the PS/2 port. And take it home. Once you arrive, all you need to do connect it to your computer PS/2 port, go into a text editor, and type the default password. "Vghostlog" In a single word. Without making a backspace, and to your instant sense of gratification, the KeyGhost operation menu will open up inside the text editor.
I think this menu is extremely straight forward. To access the entire log within the KeyGhost, all you have to do is hit number 1 in your keyboard, and to your amazement, EVERY SINGLE thing the user have typed in his computer, every single word, letter, will be displayed. The interaction with the KeyGhost menu is extremely easy and straight forward Like using old command prompt applications. The commands available:
Safe mode - this will change the speed the text is retrieved from the
KeyGhost, to solve compatibility problems with old computers.
KeyGhost is a very sophisticated piece of software, in the new version,
It now compress repeated keystrokes when they are stored, and displays
them in a "Short" form when they are typed back from the KeyGhost memory.
For example If a user types "Y" six times, the KeyGhost will later retrieve
it as "zzzz(z(2x))". This goes for arrow keys, as well. Someone scrolling
through a document with the down arrow won't eat pages of log, but just
come out as something like "((67x))". You can turn off arrow key logging,
if you like. With the 6th. Menu option. Quite smart if you ask me. While
the KeyGhost is a PS/2 "Adapter" there is an AT Port convertor, in case
you wish to use it on an old AT keyboard, and a USB version is in the
works. While the KeyGhost will be able to work perfectly WITH an adapter
attached to the Keyboard, such as an AT keyboard with a PS/2 Adapter (I
have tested this using my old Focus MM keyboard), it won't work if there
is any other kind of monitoring equipment attached to the keyboard you
wish to monitor, such as control overlays (plugs that can override keyboard
and mouse access of desktop terminals).
are various KeyGhost models, and the one I am here to review is the basic
one. The KeyGhost Home Edition. While "only" having the memory to store
128,000 keystrokes, it will add to about 20 hours of touch typing at 80
words per minute, which is more then enough for logging keystrokes throw
the day. Install the KeyGhost in the morning, and pick It up later at
night. But if say, you require longer periods of monitoring, there are
more professional models of the KeyGhost II available as well. With memory
of up to 2,000,000 Keystrokes, and 128bit Encryption (It's not really
128 bit encryption, because the character case password only gives you
398,541,260,467,162,000,000 possible combinations… "ONLY" :) these models
are perfect for long time surveillance of computer systems, without the
fear of the Data inside the KeyGhost getting tampered with. So it's very
safe to say, that while there is a **possibility** of tempering with the
keystrokes stored on the KeyGhost, no one that will snag that logger will
be able to find what keystrokes were logged without a use of a cluster
of 8-way processor Unix servers, AT LEAST.
I really have really nothing bad to say about the KeyGhost as a product. It has a very easy installation, a very easy operation, and is extremely innovative as an idea.
To sum the KeyGhost in one sentence, "A Masterpiece of Engineering". Nothing more nothing less.
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