- Unfortunately it is very hard to detect. It will be normally installed in your system / or any hard drive which is also called spy software.
- It is usually a software program that are secretly installed in your computer by a hacker. It can be downloaded directly on the computer (by phishing attack) or remotely downloaded.
- Mostly they collect the keyboard activity but also the take screenshots and clipboard logging as well.
- Less common types of software kernel level include the ones based on the java script(attached with the websites), API is (running inside the computer) and web forms (record any data submitted to web forms)
Keylogger (AKA "key stoke logger") are malware that are either software based and hardware based, secretly installed within your system, and their primarily goal is to steal the information of your activity that you perform on the keyboard as well as all the inputs that you provide to your system.
Keylogger attacks are the decades of the major cyber-attacks against the individual, business , IT company, organization and networks.Some of them many notable example are as follows:-
In the 1970s, the soviet union developed by the and deployed the hardware keylogger targeting typewriters. Termed the “selective bug”. It measure the movements of the printing head of IBM selectric type writers on the regional of magnetic field of rotation and the printing ahead. And that time the keylogger was written by the Perry kivolowitz and posted by the usenet groups net.unix-wizards on November 17, 1983. The user-mode program operated by located and dumping clients as they were assembled in unix kernel. These installed keystroke logger in the US embassy and consulate building in Moscow. They installed the bugs in selectric electric typewrites. For classified information they are immune to bugs. As of 2013 special services still use typewriters.
In 2007, a group of some Romanian hackers launched a phishing campaign that involved the sending of malicious emails to millions of emails address. When the attacker that victim will be clicked on that link included in these emails, a software based keylogger would be installed on their computers. The attackers of this cyber attack were identical in October 2018, when it was also revealed that stolen of more than $4 million since the launch of attack.
In 2015, a UK student was arrested to four months in prison after he had accept that the crime that use of keystroke logging software to up his exam marks. He installed the software on the system at his university and used to steals the staffslogin information. After that, he used these all login information to access the university records and the marks on five of his exams.
In 2017, the it was conclude that the software based keylogger has capture the images, texts, clipboard, saved logins and messages include chat history also confidential business releated information of company that US –based cyber security with the other 18 countries were target and became the part of keystroke logger attacks.