Friday, February 20, 2015

Lenovo computers seem to come with preinstalled spyware


US Cert (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) at Carnegie Mellon  in Pittsburgh has a story today about Lenovo computers (from China) having the “Superfish Visual Discovery” pre-installed, which would allow users to be spied on and to be vulnerable to SSL spoofing attacks, with the story here.  CERT has a detailed story on the vulnerability and recommendations to remove.  More info on CERT here . (I may know someone there). 
 
 Apple Insider has a story by Sam Oliver on the pre-packaged vulnerabilities, here.  These are more likely to affect users in the developing world than in the US and Europe and other “western” countries.  

My own HP Envy came with some unwanted "bloatware." 
     
Why would an ordinary user in the IS buy a Lenovo?  
  
Wikipedia attribution link for Lenovo headquarters in Beijing by Corymgrenier, Creative Commons 3.0 unported  license 

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