Last year at this time, a UH Manoa graduate student in the Geography Department surprised a would-be burglar in his office. The burglar ran, and in the chase dropped his backpack. Inside were burglary tools and electronic parts that may have been part of a surveillance system.
On Friday, a USB key logger was discovered in a Saunders Hall computer lab, also in the Geography Department, according to a email alert send out by staff in the College of Social Sciences.
When attached to a computer, a key logger simply records everything that is typed and saves it to its own internal memory to be retrieved later. It can be used to steal confidential information such as accounts and passwords. It doesn’t require any additional software to be installed on the computer, so it can be put in place quickly and easily.
Here’s what the device would look like when installed.
The room where the device was discovered is used for the department’s lecture series, according to its web site.
The email alert advised “anyone who may have entered their personal passwords while using Saunders 443B within the last few weeks to change their passwords now.”
In addition, it suggested that when using any public computer, “as a precaution against future risks you may want inspect your keyboard connection to ensure that a key logger is not attached.”