Hewlett Packard (HP) has admitted that its wireless keyboards are not 100 per cent secure after a user found that his keystrokes were picked up by a neighbour's computer.
According to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, Are Wormnes was shocked when his neighbour, Ørjan Stokkeland, called to ask if he was writing a letter to the Telenor telephone company because the text was appearing on Stokkeland's computer monitor.
Stokkeland had feared at first that a virus was causing strange characters to appear on his screen.
"Finally I opened a Word document. There I saw the 'virus' writing a letter to Telenor complaining about a bill. When I saw the sender's address I understood the connection," he said.
"It's crazy. I could have just left the document open and read everything he wrote."
HP Norway told the newspaper that, even with the latest model of wireless keyboards, users chould not be 100 per cent sure that their keystrokes were not being sent to other machines.
"If you want to be completely sure that no-one can see what you are writing then you should use a keyboard with a cord," a company spokesman said.
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