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Superfish adware had potential to make browser data available to hackers
Lenovo has confirmed it has stopped shipping adware with its consumer laptops, which could have led to encrypted user data being compromised by hackers.
Known as ‘Superfish’, the program injected visual search results into the browser without user permission, according to forums unearthed by The Next Web.
While OEMs routinely install bloatware on Windows machines, the Superfish adware appeared to be dangerous, not just inconvenient. This is because it used a self-signed certificate, which if compromised, could have provided hackers with access to all browser data - regardless of whether it had been encrypted.
Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/24081/lenovo-stops-shipping-superfish-adware-with-consumer-devices#ixzz3SHDfiAbY
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