So we came to know that Lenovo will have to pay for the Superfish scandal after all. There was a coalition of 32 state attorney general, this morning. They announced a $3.5 million settlement with the PC maker over the controversial adware program. The program was installed in Lenovo laptops between September 2014 and January 2015. So what it does is that it inserts pop-up advertisements into the regular websites. The Superfish does this by using root level certificate powers; this makes it possible for them on ads even on encrypted websites.
Now, because of this, the result turned out to be a dangerous circumvention of web encryption. This was ultimately compromised by a third-party hacker to bypass HTTPS on all affected machines. Eric Schneiderman who is the New York Attorney General said in a statement that “No consumer should have to worry that a software glitch will make them vulnerable to hackers, and, this settlement will reform Lenovo’s policies and procedures to prevent this breakdown from occurring in the future.”
The state-level settlement has come just after the broader settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which led to the company giving users a clear notice and requiring the consent for any preinstalled software in future. With this, Lenovo has set down to commit to a regularly scheduled security audits of its pre-installed software. There were no monetary damages which were attached to the federal settlement, as FTC considered the installation an initial violation.
The conclusion is that the settlement is still waiting for an approval from the courts of each participating state. So if it is approved, then the settlement’s $3.5 million hauls will be decided to be given away to each of the participating states proportionately. We know that New York is expected to receive an amount of$154,544 from the legal action.
That seems like a very twisted mess to be in. We hope that it is solved soon and everything is back to normal.
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