the owner of the ThinkPad laptop brand has done something incredibly
September and December 2014 Lenovo thought it would be a jolly fine
idea to install a rootkit on a long list of Flex, Touch and Yoga
consumer laptops, although professional ThinkPads appear to have been
rootkit Superfish seems to have been written by a company called
Komodia and is designed to break SSL encryption and inject web
advertising into your browsing session.
is similar to the nonsense where Samsung Smart TVs inject adverts
into your viewing. Not Sky, Virgin or ITV but Samsung, the people
who sold you the TV.
has admitted its mistake and listed a tool to remove Superfish,
which is better than nothing I suppose. Most of us know that most
owners of a consumer laptop will never understand the concept of a
rootkit or get round to removing the malware.
consider the situation is outrageous and unacceptable. The idea that
a company sells a laptop infected with a rootkit is totally beyond
the pale. It is bad enough that they think they have the right to
hijack your browser for their own commercial ends but the inevitable
next step is that malware writers will exploit the same rootkit for
their own dark ends.
has sold a bunch of laptops that are infected with malware that
cannot be detected by most security software. Their shoddy motive
doesn't matter as there can be no justification. Much as I adore
ThinkPads I strongly advise you to avoid Lenovo from here to