Under the Spotlight: Keyloggers
The keystroke logging system, or keylogger, is a tool used to monitor and record keyboard events such as when a user types in a password and other valuable data. That data is later covertly transmitted to the perpetrator/owner/installer of the keylogger. Keyboard monitoring has legitimate uses, too, but in most cases the keylogger was surreptitiously installed to track employee, parental or spousal activity.
Online criminals use keyloggers to harvest log-in credentials and passwords from a victimís computer, aggregate this data at special repositories such as attackersí email or personal websites (often in encrypted form) and then use the stolen IDs for malicious purposes such as plundering funds from a victimís online bank account.
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