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Re: [suse-security] Intrusion spyware malware key stroke detection
  • From: trainier@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 10:51:57 -0500
  • Message-id: <OF151D8C56.2A3AF7FC-ON8525711D.005773FC-8525711D.0057966A@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Right.

I guess my thought was that you may need root to kill the process(es). Not
necessarily though.
For reporting purposes, I agree, log in as a non-super user.

Tim

Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx> wrote on 02/22/2006 10:44:23 AM:

> Tim, Martin,
>
> On Wednesday 22 February 2006 07:07, trainier@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > I wrote an agent that watches current google search queries in
> > realtime (not quite realtime, but quite close)
> > This is not hard to do, either. I suspect this is what's going on.
> >
> > Log into your machine as root and do a ps aux and show us the output.
>
> Why as root? There is no output from "ps" that's available to root only.

> At the same time, if there actually were some spyware or other exploit
> with a foothold on the OP's system (very unlikely, I agree), then
> exposure could conceivably be increased by logging in as root.
>
>
> > I highly doubt there is a piece of malware
> > running, but it's worth checking for.
> >
> > Tim
> >
> > ...
> > > > Everyday I am seeing spam email which is a reflection of complex
> > > > sensitive key word phrases I had typed into google just a few
> > > > days previously.
>
> If these "complex" "key word phrases" (a contradiction in terms, by the
> way) are truly "sensitive," then you should not be sending them to
> Google. While Google may (for now) protect search terms from being
> associated with the individuals that submit them, they do not in any
> way guarantee that all they'll do with them is use them to conduct the
> search you request.
>
>
> Randall Schulz
>
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