Interview with the keystroke caperist

Thursday, 25 March 2004, 6:31 PM EST

A former claims adjuster for a US insurance company is the first to be charged under federal wiretap law for the covert use of a hardware keystroke logger, after he was caught using the device while secretly helping consumer attorneys gather information to use against his own company.

Larry Ropp, 46, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on a single count of endeavouring to intercept electronic communications. Ropp is accused of installing a "KEYKatcher" keystroke logger on the PC of a secretary to a vice president at the Bristol West Insurance Group where he worked. The KEYKatcher attaches inline with a keyboard connector, and stores every keystroke in an internal memory for later retrieval.

By Kevin Poulsen at The Register.

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