February 23, 2015 2:56 pm

Lenovo hit with lawsuit over malicious Superfish adware

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TORONTO – Lenovo has reportedly been slapped with a proposed class action lawsuit after pre-installing potentially malicious adware on some consumer laptops.

According to a PC World report, the lawsuit accuses both Lenovo and Superfish – the adware installed on Lenovo computers – of “fraudulent business practices” and compromising user security and privacy for financial gain.

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The report cites Plaintiff Jessica Bennett who claims her computer was damaged as a result of the Superfish software, which experts say intercepts encrypted connections leaving them open – theoretically allowing hackers to hijack the connection in a man-in-the-middle style attacks.

READ MORE: Lenovo acknowledges Superfish security concerns; offers tool to remove software

This report comes after Lenovo admitted to pre-installing Superfish on some consumer laptop models last week.

In a statement released Friday the company acknowledged security concerns raised by experts surrounding the adware. Initially the company said it had not found any evidence to substantiate concerns that Superfish left Lenovo users vulnerable to hackers.

Lenovo has released a tool to help customers remove Superfish and has partnered with security software company McAfee and Microsoft to protect users from potential security vulnerabilities.

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