Keylogger Malware is known by many names such as keylogging, keystroke logging, keystroke logger, keyboard capturing, system monitor and a few times as a Keylogger Trojan
- by Sanjeev-
- Sep 16, 2019 14:48
Taking into consideration how much our lives today are dependent on the technology, the keylogger malware seems to be the most dangerous malware out there. Not to let you be confused, keylogger malware is known by many names such as keylogging, keystroke logging, keystroke logger, keyboard capturing, system monitor and a few times as a Keylogger Trojan. What makes it so dangerous is the simple but privacy breaching function of it in which it is allowed to log or monitor every single key you press on your keyboard.
Not only it will be to keep a record of what you search on a search engines as most people are worried these day about their search history being made private but it will also provide the hackers (using the remote server) with sensitive information (or personally identifiable information PII) like your credit and debit card numbers and passwords including that of your social media accounts. The important thing to made clear here is what distinguish a keylogger program from a keylogger malware. Keylogger comes in both forms; software and hardware.
As a program it is used by organizations and companies who wants to keep the track of their employees’ work and parents who are worried about what kind of content their children are looking up for online and what they’re talking about in online chatting and whom they’re talking to. Keylogger Malware is the kind which is put to wrong use and it is installed without your permission just like other malwares and used as a spyware software by using application programming interface (API) to record whatever you type.
Hardware Keylogger and the Keylogger using API is the most common forms of keylogging but there are a few more which are listed below:
• Sometimes the hackers decide not to waste their time by monitoring your every keystroke and instead put their efforts on tracking the forms that you fill up online as they are sure to carry your personal details and information.
• Sometimes the keylogger malware is installed in the kernel as it is the core of the computer but since it is difficult to get the access to the it and write there, it is rarely used.
• In more rare cases acoustic cryptanalysis is also used to log your keystrokes the same way an acoustic cryptanalysis attack is carried out but the difference here is that as a Keylogger it is not much effective with small chances of success and therefore the least used method