Lenovo installs adware on pcs

lenovo y-50Lenovo, a computer company that last year had one-fifth of the world computer market share, had been installing adware on PCs. The adware came pre-installed on new PCs shipped between October and December 2014. It hijacked encrypted sessions, leaving the affected computers vulnerable to attack. The adware uses a fake security certificate called Superfish which can circumvent HTTPS encryption.

Ars Technica has a detailed piece here on the adware and how it works. I recommend giving it a read.

Given the size and scope of Lenovo’s market share, this story was obviously going to be big news.  To make matters worse, in a pretty callous statement, Lenovo said that the adware was included “…to help customers potentially discover interesting products while shopping.”

Yeah, right. (Ars actually wrote an article called “Lenovo honestly thought you’d enjoy that Superfish HTTPS spyware” based on that one!)

The company is now backtracking, with Lenovo’s CTO is now saying that “… we didn’t do enough.” There are also promises to wipe Superfish off the affected PCs.

So the company is sorry. Sort of. < /sarcasm>

Lenovo’s complete statement, along with affected model numbers and instructions for removal is here.

Just a couple of days ago, I was eyeing a Lenovo tablet for a upcoming project. I am really glad now that I didn’t make that purchase.

Stay tuned. There is going to be a lot more news on this in the days to come.


Daily Links: Letting Your Kids Play in Social Media

daily linksDigital Life:

Letting Your Kids Play in the Social Media Sandbox (New York Times)

Trade-In Values Have Tanked for Older eReaders (The Ebook Reader)

Used eBook Marketplace Tom Kabinet Launches eBookstore (Ink, Bits, & Pixels [formerly The Digital Reader])

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret (Teleread)

Tablet Magazine puts a price on comments to eliminate online trolls (The Passive Voice)

New Dr Seuss Books Coming in July (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

How Google determined our right to be forgotten (The Guardian)

Apps and Software:

BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore (Android Central)

Kindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker via Teleread)

Google has officially launched a Google Play Music app for iPad (Tab Times)

IFTTT launches 3 new apps to create an easy button for the web (Gigaom)

Broadband and Telephone News:

UK parliament calls for Internet to be classified as a public utility (Ars Technica)

US carriers still stink at unlocking phones, analysis finds (Ars Technica)

Gaming and Streaming:

​Sling TV to add Epix video-on-demand channels (Cnet)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

Log out Everywhere except your current Browser on your WordPress Blog (Social Positives)

How to connect iPad to your TV (Tab Times)

Finds and Deals:

Today’s Kindle Daily Deals titles include Romance, Science Fiction, Literature and Young adult. There are also 50 Romance and Mystery titles in the 50 Kindle Books for $2 deal. Ed McBain’s Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries Book 1),  is one of the titles for $2. 🙂

The Nook Find of the Day is Vicktor E.  Frankl’s  spiritual classic, Man’s Search for Meaning for $2.99.

The Kobo Daily Deal is Smokin’ Hot by Lynn LaFleur for $2.99.

Amazon music store is featuring $5 Digital Music Deals, including Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.