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send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 08 February 2010 - 06:53 AM

You'd think I would know where to put this topic by now, wouldn't you?

I have seen topics here at DIC, on the subject of 'keyloggers'. Those topics get closed, since it's considered to be malicious software. I get that.

But there are other topics which discuss detecting and sending keystrokes to an application. These topics seem to be okay.

What is the difference between that and a keylogger? Is it that the keystrokes are not saved?

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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 08 February 2010 - 04:16 PM

Generally keyloggers are being used to bypass security measures. Also, keyloggers are not just limited to software, they can be hardware interconnects between the keyboard and the computer or even a bug listening for wireless keyboards. Even a camera pointed at a keyboard could be considered a keylogger I suppose. Most keyloggers will have to be covert so that neither the user, OS, or other programs can detect it easily.
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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:11 PM

Keylogger's are just as the name implies, they log (or save) the keystrokes previously sent from the keyboard. As to why those topics get closed I would hope would have to do with what the OP was asking to do with the help. Anything else would just be denying good knowledge to those willing to learn.
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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:28 PM

I get frustrated when someone asks something like how to capture global keyboard input and everyone yells 'HAZXXOR u BANN 4 eva'.

Have a little faith. Most of the times people ask what exactly they need it for, but I for one think it's none of my business. If I can help, I'll help out; why not?
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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 10 February 2010 - 08:07 AM

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can i has codez for Key logger, this urgent plz hurray. you must do it in c#

Always lol at those posts


I only find it insulting when they try and cover up parts of their code to hide the program's functionality, even though its still completely obvious what they are doing. if you legitimately want to capture keystrokes, explain and show your code. easier to debug that way anyway.

You do need to hand it to the DIC community to keep hackers and such at a bare minimal quantity.
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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:28 PM

I am firmly of the opinion that anyone who has a real need to intercept keystrokes would be able to use the Internet to find the information themselves. Anyone who comes looking for code to intercept keystrokes is likely a script kiddie or someone else with malicious intentions. And I will err on the side of caution.
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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:57 AM

I agree 100% Jack.

But why is 'sending keystrokes to an application' allowed, then?
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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:56 PM

Sending keystrokes to an application should not involve saving keystrokes, and is usually just used for automating a certain task by simulating user input. In this case, it is not malicious.
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Re: send keystrokes to an application vs keylogger

Posted 13 February 2010 - 12:52 PM

Sending keystrokes to an application inherently implies capturing keystrokes, as they are opposite sides of the same coin. If you have to ask how, then your intentions are immediately suspect, no matter how honorable you come across.
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