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[liberationtech] advice on securing a new computer

Steve Weis steveweis at
Mon Jan 28 18:18:50 PST 2013

According to Snopes, the Dell laptop keylogger story is a hoax. They claim
the FOIA request is an altered version of someone else's correspondence:

Regardless, malicious or vulnerable hardware does exist in the wild and are
generally difficult to detect.

Untrusted hardware is not a lost cause. My company is working this problem
and has made significant progress toward mitigating the risk.

On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Douglas Lucas <dal at> wrote:

> What about checking hardware? There's a lot of discussion about
> protecting against software threats, but not as much about hardware.
> What should a person do to check a brand-new laptop for hardware
> keyloggers or other threats?
> The author of this page - -
> claims to have found a hardware keylogger in a nearly brand-new Dell
> laptop. The author even submitted a FOIA about it.
> Douglas
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