Keystroke logging (often called keylogging) is the practice of noting (or logging) the keys struck on a keyboard. There are currently two types of keylogging methods, hardware and software based.

Hardware key loggers are commercially available devices which come in three types: inline devices that are attached to the keyboard cable, devices which can be installed inside standard keyboards, and actual replacement keyboards that contain the key logger already built-in.

When used covertly inline devices are easily detected by a glance at the keyboard connector plugged into the computer. Of the three types, the most difficult to install is also the most difficult to detect. The device that installs inside a keyboard (presumably the keyboard the target has been using all along) requires soldering skills and extended access to the keyboard to be modified. However, once in place, this type of device is virtually undetectable unless specifically looked for.

Remote Access software Keyloggers are local software keyloggers programmed with an added feature to transmit recorded data out of the target computer and make the data available to the monitor at a remote location. Remote communication is facilitated by one of four methods:

  • Data is uploaded to a website or an ftp account.
  • Data is periodically emailed to a pre-defined email address.
  • Data is wirelessly transmitted by means of an attached hardware system.
  • It allows the monitor to log into the local machine via the internet or ethernet and access the logs stored on the target machine.

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There are currently 102 articles listed on keyloggers.

Name Threat Level Detection Count Date 88/10 53 September 30, 2009
Keylogger.Phrozen 88/10 82 November 28, 2019
Keylogger.PredatorPain 88/10 353 April 30, 2014
Keylogger.Revealer 88/10 8,462 September 29, 2017
Keylogger.SkyNeos 88/10 3 November 28, 2019
Keylogger.Steeler 88/10 7 November 28, 2019
Keylogger.TTiger 88/10 11 July 11, 2017
Keylogger.Vulcan 88/10 0 November 28, 2019
KGB Keylogger February 27, 2008
KL&STeal-Creator Kit January 19, 2018
Kutaki Keylogger August 18, 2020
Local Keylogger Pro 88/10 9 November 9, 2007
Mal/Banspy-K May 14, 2011
Mal/Behav-004 April 20, 2011
MassLogger May 19, 2020
MonitoringTool:Win32/DouglasKeylogger.A 88/10 219 July 21, 2011
MonitoringTool:Win32/HomeKeyLogger 88/10 9 July 24, 2012
MonitoringTool:Win32/Powerspy 88/10 0 June 16, 2011
MonitoringTool.Ardamax 88/10 26 September 15, 2009
NeoSpy 88/10 433 January 18, 2008
Not-a-virus:RemoteAdmin.Win32.eSurveiller.120 November 26, 2009
Patched.Sality.AT 88/10 4 February 16, 2010
PCPandora 66/10 10 August 3, 2007
Perfect Keylogger 99/10 2 March 30, 2010
Phoenix Keylogger November 20, 2019

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