HP is shipping audio drivers with a built-in keylogger
That fancy new HP Elite laptop you just bought? It may be silently recording every keystroke. For what it’s worth, it doesn’t look like there’s malice here – just staggering incompetence. According to ModZero’s blog post, an update to HP’s audio drivers released in 2015 introduced new diagnostic features. One of these is used to detect if a special key had been pressed or released. Except it seems this was poorly implemented, as the driver ultimately acted like a keylogger, capturing and procesing every single keypress.