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Lenovo Security Risk
by William Talanian
From: Patricia Seybold Group
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Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 7:22 AM
Subject: Strategic Research: Pattys Pioneer,
Peter Horne, Exposes Lenovo Security Risk
February 27, 2015
Pattys Pioneer, Peter Horne, Exposes Lenovo Security Risk
Things have been buzzing on our private email
listserv over the past two months. Peter Horne,
one of the most active members of Pattys
Pioneers, began discussing a troubling problem he
had found on a Lenovo computer he purchased in
Sydney, Australia in early January, 2015. Pete
quickly discovered malware on his new computer.
He realized that this malwareSuperfish Adware
had been pre-installed at the Lenovo factory as
part of the Lenovo additions to the pre-installed
version of the Windows operating system. He found
that the Superfish Adware had compromised the
Windows network software at a very low level,
allowing it to insert its own script into every
single page viewed by a browser. It was at such a
low level that it did not matter which browser
was used Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox it wa was
the operating system that was compromised.
Furthermore, it was so deep in the operating
system that neither McAfee, Trend Micro, nor the
Microsoft malware removal tool, found the Superfish software.
Customer Tried to Alert the Company; But Was Ignored
Peter reported the infected computer to the
store, and they contacted their Lenovo sales rep.
However, Lenovo had a policy of not talking
directly to customers about store enquiries, and
he waited. Nothing happened, and so he logged his
own call with the Lenovo Help desk.
But, this was all to no avail. Repeatedly,
company spokespeople told this savvy customer,
who was only trying to help, that he was
mistaken. Nothing like this could possibly be
happening. Lenovo doesnt distribute Malware.
Pete offered to walk the Lenovo product manager
through the process to demonstrate the existence
of the Malware, but nobody ever got back to him.
In the end, the store manager refunded Pete the
money because he was convinced of the issue
himself, and he wanted to keep a valuable
customer who had purchased many items at the
store in the past with no problems.
While he was getting the run around from Lenovo,
Pete also did a fair amount of time-consuming due
diligence. He checked computers at Lenovo stores
in four cities around the world. He asked other
Pioneers to check their own machines and at local stores.
If Lenovos management had paid attention to the
customer feedback from Pete and other customers,
their security team might have discovered the
issue, quietly dealt with it, and avoided the ensuing uproar.
Customer Alerts the Press
Pete was troubled. Hes also a busy guy. He was
tempted to move on, but was troubled by the fact
that less tech-savvy consumers would be buying a
spyware-infected computer. He reached out to the
other members of the Pioneers forum, including
my brothers, Jonathan and Andy Seybold, who
encouraged him to get the word out, and they
helped by contacting reporters they knew at the New York Times.
Luckily, a tech-savvy reporter, Nicole Perlroth,
paid attention, interviewed Pete, and began doing her own investigation.
Other reporters also got wind of the story. The
first article that appeared was written by
Timothy Seppala for Endgadget.com.
Lenovo PCs shipped with Factory-Installed Adware
appeared at 1:25 am on February 19th. Timothy
based his story on the user discussions about
this adware he found on the Lenovo Forums. It was
also discovered that Superfish used a product
from Komodia that corrupted the machines trust
store the store of certifiicates that vendors
include that certify that SSL connections can be
trusted. The Komodia certificate opened all
infected computers to man-in-the-middle attacks
an attack that allows bad guys to impersonate the
siites you trust and capture your traffic.
Nicole Perlroths first New York Times article
appeared online at 7:44 pm on February 19, 2015,
Discovers Superfish Spyware Installed on Lenovo
PCs, and in the print edition the next day.
Essentially the same story was published as
Spyware Is Found Installed on PCs Made by
Lenovo, as well as in newspapers around the
world, since it was submitted to, and distributed
by, the Associated Press. It was Peter Horne who
revealed to Nicole the darker truth it wasnt
just thatt adware was being pre-installed inside
the machine's operating system it was tracking
every single page and immage a user was looking
at, and sending all the metadata to the Superfish
servers! And it could not be turned off.
Once the story was out, a feeding frenzy quickly
spawned lots of follow-on articles.
The Damage Continues
Lenovos stock price has been hit. The company is
The Lenovo websites are under siege. Many
customers have decided they wont ever trust the
brand again, for either consumer or business computers.
And theres more troubling information about to come to light (stay tuned).
Peter Horne is raising some additional questions:
* Whats happening to the massive amounts of
personal data that has already been siphoned off
by these services for anyone who is using one of
the affected models of a recently purchased Lenovo consumer PC?
* Why is it so easy to spoof the supposedly
secure Certificate Authority on which our global
e-commerce infrastructure is built? Look at how
corrupted the Certificate Authority process is.
This incident highlights its incredible flimsiness and vulnerability.
* What is visual search, where did it come
from and how is it being used? If Superfish is
collecting the photo DNA of all the photos your
mouse touches and combining that information your
internet session data, and mining that data, this
is a huge invasion of privacy.
* Who are these companies, Superfish and
Komodia, and who are the people behind them?
Executives at both companies are open about their
backgrounds in intelligence work in Israel, their
work for intelligence specialist companies, their
work on intelligence contracts, and the decision
to move their operations to the U.S. Why haven't
they said anything about their products and services?
The Moral of the Story: Listen to What Your Customers Are Trying to Tell You!
Dont ignore your customers attempts to warn you
about a product or a process flaw that will
damage your reputation! To their credit, Lenovo
executives have finally reached out to Peter
Horne (and probably other smart customers) and
asked for their help in keeping similar problems
from happening in the future. After all, if you
have smart customers, why not harness their
intelligence to keep you out of trouble?
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