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Lenovo Superfish Adware Scandal

Interview with Lenovo’s CTO will scare anyone still thinking of buying a Lenovo product

By on February 25, 2015 at 2:19 PM.

Interview with Lenovo’s CTO will scare anyone still thinking of buying a Lenovo product

I’ve long wondered which would be worse for Lenovo — if the company decided to install the Superfish adware onto its machines despite knowing its potential to be a major security vulnerability, or if it really had no clue about the risks involved with this kind of software. A New York Times interview with Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius has now left me hoping that Lenovo has just been lying about its foreknowledge of Superfish’s capabilities because the alternative is just too scary. More →

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Hack Proof Smartphone

A truly hack-proof smartphone may finally be unveiled next week

By on February 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM.

A truly hack-proof smartphone may finally be unveiled next week

About 18 months ago, reports indicating that the NSA spied on the private communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff began to surface. Now comes word via Bloomberg that Brazil is working hard to develop a phone that it hopes will effectively be impossible to breach. More →

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Siri Cortana Recording Conversations

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

By on February 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them

We’ve written extensively about security concerns in recent weeks, but this might be the most shocking development yet. Reddit user FallenMyst posted on Tuesday that he had recently started a new job with a company called Walk N’Talk Technologies.

At his job, he is asked to listen back to seemingly random bits of audio and provides feedback on how they match with the text that the device outputs when translating the audio ‚ and you won’t believe where the audio comes from. More →

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NSA Gemalto SIM Hack Spyware

Why the NSA SIM hack might be far more serious than you think

By on February 25, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Why the NSA SIM hack might be far more serious than you think

A few days ago, a report revealed that spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, managed to bypass the security of SIM card manufacturer Gemalto and gain access to valuable encryption keys that protect cellphone signals. Even though Gemalto denied the reports, but The Verge points out that the hack might be more serious than initially believed, as it could give agencies the ability of infecting any phone using these specific SIM cards with additional spyware programs. More →

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Lenovo Adware Affected Applications

Lenovo’s adware disaster is even worse than we thought

By on February 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

Lenovo’s adware disaster is even worse than we thought

News broke late last week that Lenovo had been shipping laptops with man-in-the-middle adware preinstalled which could hijack HTTPS traffic and insert its own ads onto websites that users were visiting.

This major security threat was initially found lurking in just two pieces of software on Lenovo’s computers, but the number rose dramatically over the weekend as Ars Technica reports security researchers discovered more applications riddled with adware. As of Sunday, at least 14 applications have been found to use the technology which puts users at risk. More →

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How To Remove Lenovo Adware Microsoft

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

By on February 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

Lenovo has been justifiably catching a lot of grief this week for preloading dangerous adware called Superfish onto its computers that hijacks HTTPS traffic to inject ads onto encrypted websites. While there are plenty of ways to remove this obnoxious adware yourself, Neowin reports that Microsoft may have just done the job for you. More →

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Lenovo PC Adware Scandal Response

Lenovo finally admits its sleazy adware ploy put its own customers at risk of being hacked

By on February 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

Lenovo finally admits its sleazy adware ploy put its own customers at risk of being hacked

After news broke this week that Lenovo was putting dangerous adware on its computers, the company responded by removing the offending software from new machines and disabling it on the computers it had already shipped with. The company also insisted that the adware posed no security risks to any of its customers, a statement that was met with incredulity by security experts. However, the company has now admitted that installing Superfish onto its computers opened up big security holes that it’s now scrambling to fix.

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Android Dangerous New Malware

Not even turning off your Android phone can stop this malware from spying on you

By on February 20, 2015 at 12:24 PM.

Not even turning off your Android phone can stop this malware from spying on you

Android’s malware problem might be overstated, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious when navigating the web on your device. On Wednesday, anti-virus software maker AVG reported that a newly discovered malware can continue to spy on you even after you think you’ve turned off your device. More →

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How To Remove Superfish

How to find out if Superfish infected your computer – and what to do about it

How to find out if Superfish infected your computer – and what to do about it

By on February 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM.

If you follow anything having to do with tech on the Internet, you have undoubtedly read something about Superfish in the past 24 hours. In a nutshell, Lenovo sold tons of computers with software called Superfish Visual Discovery pre-installed. Lenovo has been selling computers preloaded with Superfish for the past two years, and the software is supposed to help serve alternative, image-heavy ads in Google search results.

As it turns out, however, Superfish is a pretty frightening piece of adware. More →

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NSA SIM Card Hacking

Bombshell report reveals the NSA has stolen encryption keys for millions of SIM cards

By on February 20, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Bombshell report reveals the NSA has stolen encryption keys for millions of SIM cards

In a bombshell report published on Thursday, Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley of The Intercept detail how the NSA and British Intelligence operatives managed to steal encryption keys from Gemalto, a Netherlands-based firm which produces a huge percentage of SIM cards used across the globe.

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Lenovo PC Adware Scandal

How Lenovo single-handedly lit its reputation on fire this week

By on February 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

How Lenovo single-handedly lit its reputation on fire this week

We’ve seen plenty of companies score own goals over the years, but this one is still quite a doozy. PCWorld reports that security researchers recently discovered that Lenovo has been shipping its new computers with man-in-the-middle adware installed that hijacks HTTPS traffic to inject its own ads onto encrypted sites. More →

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Android vs. Windows Malware Infection

Malware infected as many Android devices as Windows laptops in 2014

By on February 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Malware infected as many Android devices as Windows laptops in 2014

A new report published by Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Security Labs division says that no less than 16 million mobile devices were hit by malware last year, ZDNet reports, which is an increase of 25% compared to 2013 — comparatively, last year malware infections rose by 20% across the board. More →

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