Today, the tech geek side of the internet was erroneously alerted to several articles claiming that the MantisTek GK2 was capturing typed keys and sen
Today, the tech geek side of the internet was erroneously alerted to several articles claiming that the MantisTek GK2 was capturing typed keys and sending it to servers in China.
We all are aware that some China made products regularly communicate with Chinese servers which has been a concern for sometime now.
The ESCAM Wifi cameras in our server room persistently communicate with servers in china all the time but this is a necessary evil because it allows real-time video using a Google Play store App, In other words, its adds to customer improvement.
With over a dozen article titled such as “Built-in Keylogger Found in MantisTek GK2 Keyboards—Sends Data to China”, “The MantisTek GK2 keyboard records everything you type with a built-in keylogger” and Reddit’s own “Warning! Mantistek GK2 software sending data to the web!“, we at Bits And Screws Tech Community are careful not to panic at the publications of mainstream media. Therefore we read each article, did some in-depth digging with Microsoft’s Message Analyzer and here are our findings based on FACTS.
Is the MantisTek GK2 Keyboard secretly capturing your typed keys and sending the data to China? Lets find out from a technical standpoint.
Q: Does the MantisTek GK2 keyboard behaves as a Key logger?
Q. Does the MantisTek GK2 keyboard records your keystrokes?
A. No. The Cloud Driver software that comes with the Keyboard does not send the key presses to the Alibaba server but only how many times each key has been pressed.
Q. Why would someone want to know how many times I pressed a key on my keyboard?
A. Several possible customer service and research and development reasons such as determining the average lifespan of the keyboard, key frequency usage for ergonomics and to gather research data for future model development.
Q. Are Alibaba servers being used to store key log data from the MantisTek GK2 Keyboard?
A. The IP addresses that were discovered in the logs pointed to a pool of IP addresses managed by the Alibaba Group. Alibaba group is a massive corporation which also offers cloud solutions to companies such as Shenzhen Cytec Technology Co, Google and Amazon just to name a few.
Opening the IP address in question directly into a web browser and on a Chinese login page, which translates to “Cloud mouse platform background management system” and is maintained by Shenzhen Cytec Technology Co., Ltd
Note: We are not affiliated with the manufacturer. We are just passionate to debunk fake news especially when it rarely leaks in the tech and engineering ecosystem.