Lenovo Ships Superfish Adware Preinstalled On Systems
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Lenovo is selling computers that come preinstalled with adware that hijacks encrypted Web sessions and may make users vulnerable to HTTPS man-in-the-middle attacks that are trivial for attackers to carry out, security researchers said.
In February 2015 I blogged about Lenovo's Superfish adware shipped with new systems (see Lenovo ships Superfish adware preinstalled on systems). A few weeks later we learned about Lenovo Service Engine (LSE), which I called Superfish reloaded II. Lenovo Service Engine (LSE) is a software, that allows the OEM to service a Windows installation on Lenovo machines. But this OEM software called Lenovo Service Engine (LSE) survives a fresh Windows install. The case has been discussed here at the arstechnica forum. User ge814 wrote:
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In 2015, there was an incident involving Lenovo PC which was shipped with a preinstalled image advertisement optimizer and it was developed by Superfish. Superfish is a form of adware that can hijack an encrypted Web sessions and open a system up to potential HTTPS man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks, which implies that ads will be there in encrypted files. 1e1e36bf2d