Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Account claims Dell is selling computers with keyboard loggers installed at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: Given the prevalent public fear of governmental snooping into private activity, the discovery that personal computers were being sold with devices that enabled the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to monitor keystrokes would have a rather chilling effect. Most of us now use computers in so many different facets of our lives, from personal correspondence to shopping, that recording and analyzing everything we typed on one would provide a great deal of information about us.
Although furtive eavesdropping on computer activity is certainly possible, the specific tale presented above is nothing more than an example of "government conspiracy" type hoaxlore. It originally appeared on www.chromance.de (from which it has since been removed, although it remains mirrored elsewhere), a site which carried several other obvious hoaxes. The graphics for the article were lifted from another site's page about commercial
Last updated: 17 June 2005
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