Keylogger Devices Found in Downtown and Loyola Concordia Libraries

Investigation to be Launched by University and Montreal Police

The MB building at Concordia University’s downtown campus. Photo Shaun Michaud

Devices called keyloggers were found on standing express workstations in both the Webster and Vanier libraries. Keyloggers are devices that capture keystrokes in order to steal passwords, bank codes, and other information.

The university has launched an investigation with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal and hired a computer forensics company according to university spokesperson Chris Mota. The goal is to find out what exactly has been captured.

“We did determine that there was some personal information captured,” said Mota. “These are the passwords of a small number of people. Primarily students, staff and faculty.”

But she added there is no evidence anything malicious has been done with the information.

The devices were found on LB2 in the Webster Library, now on LB3 after February, and VL1 in the Vanier Library. Laptops and tablets were not affected as hardware keyloggers cannot capture keystrokes, as well as Concordia’s security system remains intact.

Right now the school is advising students who have used computers in the last 12 months to change their passwords, and consistently check back statements to avoid any harm or identity theft. Should anything suspicious be found, Mota says to contact their bank.

“File a complaint, a report with our Concordia security but also because there is a police investigation, to file a complaint with the police,” she said.

In response, the school will have their library and IT staff doing manual inspections to avoid any further security breaches. Mota also advises that if students find any other keylogger devices, they should immediately contact security.