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“We messed up,” Lenovo CTO says of Superfish malware

by Todd Haselton | February 20, 2015February 20, 2015 7:00 pm PDT

Lenovo Y50 Touch-2

Security researchers recently discovered that Lenovo preloaded computers with malware named “Superfish.” The firm said that Superfish is no longer installed on its computers, but a lot of the damage was already done. Experts said that the malware ultimately left consumers open to any number of cyber attacks, and that it was particularly hard to remove.

Lenovo chief technology officer Peter Hortensius has now gone on the record admitting mistakes were made. The company, it seems, wasn’t even aware of the dangers that were associated with Superfish, which was part of the problem. The software was installed on Lenovo PCs under a business agreement between the maker of Superfish and Lenovo, in which Superfish paid the firm a small amount of money after ads were served to users.

“We messed up,” Hortensius explained to Re/Code recently. “We flat-out missed it on this one, and did not appreciate the problem it was going to create. We are taking our beating like we deserve on this issue. We are not just curled up in a ball, we are taking real action to make this right with our customers.” Lenovo has a guide explaining how to remove Superfish, and Re/code said a bigger fixed is planned.

In the meantime, you might want to just use Microsoft’s Windows Defender to get rid of Superfish.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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