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posted by martyb on Saturday February 21 2015, @03:46PM   Printer-friendly
from the fishing-for-answers dept.

Reuters reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has advised Lenovo customers to remove "Superfish" software from their computers. According to an alert released through its National Cyber Awareness System, the software makes users vulnerable to SSL spoofing and could allow a remote attacker to read encrypted web browser traffic, spoof websites, and perform other attacks on Lenovo PCs with the software installed.

Lenovo inititally said it stopped shipping the software because of complaints about features, not a security vulnerability. "We have thoroughly investigated this technology and do not find any evidence to substantiate security concerns," the company said in a statement to Reuters early on Thursday. On Friday, Lenovo spokesman Brion Tingler said the company's initial findings were flawed and that it was now advising customers to remove the software and providing instructions for uninstalling "Superfish". "We should have known about this sooner," Tingler said in an email. "And if we could go back, we never would have installed this software on our machines. But we can't, so we are dealing with this head on."

[Editor's Note: For background information on this threat, Ars Technica has coverage here, here, here, and here.]

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by doublerot13 on Saturday February 21 2015, @06:37PM

    by doublerot13 (4497) on Saturday February 21 2015, @06:37PM (#147837)

    Breaking SSL sessions is hacking. This is a clear violation of the CFAA. The CEO and board of Lenovo should be arrested and charged with this violation.

    And all of this is before the civil suits... least if corporations really are people and all...

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  • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Sunday February 22 2015, @10:09AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Sunday February 22 2015, @10:09AM (#148055) Journal
    The board of Lenovo is likely to be in China and difficult to get at. Superfish, however, is based in Palo Alto and is well within US jurisdiction.
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