Lenovo gets a dose of Karma from Lizard Squad
Lenovo has been the target of outrage in the past few days after the Superfish adware has been proven a security liability for many Lenovo computer users. The Superfish adware was injected by Lenovo into its own computers and after users started complaining about the adware and security firms started researching its effects, Lenovo quickly tried to explain that Superfish was not intended to be adware, rather a tool to help users find the cheapest deals online through visual search.
It seems karma doesn’t sit well with Lenovo, as the company’s official website has been the victim of a cyber attack last night, courtesy of the famous hacking group responsible for hacking Sony’s PSN network during Christmas, Lizard Squad. Many say Lenovo had it coming, especially after the Department of Homeland Security declared Superfish a serious security liability, which is no small thing. Lizard Squad hacked the Lenovo website, which started redirecting users, only to be quickly switched to a maintenance notice. Before Lenovo could stop the attack, Lizard Squad’s video was rolling on the website instead of the company’s usual website.
So we've done Google Vietnam and Lenovo, what's next?
— Lizard Squad (@LizardCircle) February 25, 2015
Now, functionality of the website has been restored, but that doesn’t mean the attacks will stop. People are furious about what the company did with Superfish, and with good reason. Even though Lenovo denies knowing about the security threat Superfish presented, it quickly became clear that the company wasn’t even completely equipped to remove the adware from all of their infected computers. Microsoft managed to fix the issue for users much faster with an update to Windows Defender, which quickly eradicated all Superfish-related traces from compromised computers. Lizard Squad have announced on their Twitter that they would “comb the Lenovo dump for more interesting things later.” We’re expecting to see leaks from the squad soon enough, possibly internal emails and most likely inside information about Superfish.