In September 2014, Lenovo installed Superfish software on certain notebooks. Unfortunately this software has shown to have vulnerabilities that make it easier for hackers to access your personal information. If you have a newly purchased Lenovo laptop you bought since September 2014, read on to learn how this software could affect you, as well as learn some tips provided by the FTC to keep yourself safe from identity theft.
According to the US-CERT, the Superfish software is basically adware that was installed containing a non-unique trusted root certification authority certificate which then allows hackers to easily spoof HTTPS undetected. This happens because the Lenovo pre-installed Superfish VisualDiscovery spyware that gets installed uses certificates that are signed by the Superfish Software so a hacker can spoof an HTTP address without detection on these notebooks. If you feel
your Lenovo notebook has been compromised remove it immediately by visiting
Now that everyone knows about Superfish Software being vulnerable, scammers are going to try and cash in, so if you see a pop up add or email saying your computer may be infected with Superfish software don’t be too quick to believe it. On the other hand if you do have a Lenovo notebook with the Superfish software, the FTC says to follow the instructions provided by the US-CERT or United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team by visiting
If your computer has been infected because of the Superfish software or other incident, change all your passwords immediately because hackers could have stolen them. For help on how to protect your passwords from being stolen, visit the FTC at http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0009-computer-security#passwords You should also steer clear of public Wi-Fi networks at least until you remove the Superfish software. Ultimately any time your computer has been compromised be sure to check your bank accounts, credit report and credit card accounts on a regular basis.
If you live in Santa Ana or elsewhere and you feel that you are a victim of identity theft
visit the identity theft resource center at http://www.idtheftcenter.org/ You can
also call 888-400-5530. Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget to subscribe to keep yourself up to date with the latest scams.
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OnGaurdonline.gov Retrieved from http://www.onguardonline.gov/blog/superfish-software-lenovo-notebooks-what-you-can-do?utm_source=govdelivery
US-CERT (2015). Lenovo Superfish adware vulnerable to HTTPS spoofing United States
Computer Emergency Readiness Team. Retreived from https://www.us-