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December 9, 2015

Vulnerabilities: Holes Discovered in Support Software from Toshiba, Dell, and Lenovo

Toshiba Service Station, Dell System Detect, and Lenovo Solution Center all have security vulnerabilities, according to new research by an anonymous hacker group. Lenovo’s Windows platform seems to be specifically affected. One of its vulnerabilities actually allows malicious code to be executed via the web, through an internal browser.

The group goes by “Ring of Lightning” and made no bones about publishing the exploit kits on their website. The most heinous of the exploits was apparently Lenovo, which allows for remote execution if the software is running on the host computer at the time of the attempt.

Also read: Lenovo Caught [...]

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October 16, 2015

The PC Industry Wants You To Upgrade Sooner

The unlikely bedfellows are Lenovo, Dell, and HP. Nevertheless, along with Microsoft and Intel, they are launching a joint marketing campaign starting October 19th, ComputerWorld reports. The “PC Does What?” campaign will be similar to “Got Milk?” or “I Love Eggs” campaigns of the past in that no one particular provider will specifically benefit.

The six-week campaign will cost the companies a collective $70 million. It will focus on the US and China, where more than half of the world’s PCs are sold. The best year in history for the PC industry was in 2011, but since then things have steadily declined. Many factors can be attributed to this, in particular a maturing [...]

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June 24, 2015

Keeping a Level Head When Things Get Twitchy, Topsy, Turvy

Cyber security can be an embarrassing job. Something as simple as a failure to update a patch on time, or in worse cases, to release a patch on time, can cost a company millions and turn into click bait articles scattered across the web.

The recent incident with Lenovo serves as a great example of this. Already staunchly anti-Lenovo netizens took the opportunity to add fuel to a fire already raging because the company had confessed to pre-loading adware and bloatware on its hardware. The Lizard Squad was admittedly attacking Lenovo for this very reason and used its signature DNS-jacking tactic to take over Lenovo.com for all of four hours. The story remained in the media for [...]

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February 20, 2015

Lenovo Caught Preinstalling Adware on Laptops

PC maker Lenovo has come under fire for reportedly bundling its laptops with security-compromising adware. According to Lenovo users and security researchers, the preinstalled software, known as Superfish, injects third-party ads into Google search results and other websites without the user knowing. 

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