Consumer Alert for Purchasers of Lenovo Laptops After August, 2014
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Feb 23, 2015 in Consumer Alert
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an alert regarding Lenovo Laptop Computers purchased after August 2014. These computers were pre-installed with Superfish VisualDiscovery software.
The DHS has stated that, A machine with Superfish VisualDiscovery installed will be vulnerable to SSL spoofing attacks without a warning from the browser. In other words, the software tracks your internet searches and browsing (even on secured websites) and uses this information to place ads on those websites.
If you purchased a Lenovo Computer and are concerned that your laptop may be affected, email us at email@example.com, or call us at 888-213-8140. The attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan are investigating these cases and are in the process of determining whether a class action lawsuit is appropriate.
We recommend that those affected remove and uninstall the software (and the software certificates). Lenovo issued a High Alert" security notice, indicated that it will stop pre-loading this software, and admitted that the vulnerabilities include installation of a self-signed root certificate in the local trusted CA store.
According to Lenovo the following laptops are affected:
- Flex Series
- Yoga Series, and
We are living in dangerous times, and the Internet can allow the bad guys unprecedented access our personal information if our computers are not properly secured. As consumers, we need to take what precautions we can on our end by installing appropriate anti-virus software and by making sure we do not open attachments from unknown senders. However, when we buy a computer from a retail establishment or a wholesaler, we have a right to expect that the computer will not be pre-installed with software that makes us vulnerable.