Researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday said that they had found evidence that implies attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of other programs. Superfish, a company that markets a visual search product, made the news last week when Lenovo was found to have pre-loaded the program on its consumer-grade PCs during a four-month span late last year.
Lenovo has enlisted the help of McAfee and Windows Defender security to block any further activity by Superfish, the adware service capable of copying private details and storing them on a server for third-parties to purchase. The move comes a few days after Lenovo tried to deny the privacy and security impact Superfish has on computers, claiming the adware could not track users. This has turned out to be false, and perhaps without Lenovo’s knowledge Superfish has documented thousands of browser based user interactions.
Security researchers warned that an adware program called Superfish, which was preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops, opened computers to attack. However, it seems that the same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs. Superfish uses a man-in-the-middle proxy component to interfere with encrypted HTTPS connections, undermining the trust between users and websites. It does this by installing its own root certificate in Windows and uses that certificate to re-sign SSL certificates presented by legitimate websites.
There have always been worries that the Chinese government could use its power to force homegrown technology companies like ZTE, Huawei, Qihoo 360 and Lenovo to spy on user communications, but now a bombshell has landed that shows Lenovo is forcing adware onto users’ computers on the company’s own volition.
Computer giant Lenovo has come under fire from users and security pundits after its consumer laptops were found to contain pre-installed adware/malware which could be used to intercept and hijack encrypted Transport Layer Security communications in Microsoft Windows. The ‘Superfish’ adware is a third-party application that was, until last month, installed on all Lenovo consumer laptops.
Lenovo Group has reached a deal with Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited to jointly build a cloud service and product research and development center. According to the agreement signed by the two parties, Lenovo and Cyberport will cooperate in various sectors, including science and technology development and innovation; talent training and employment; local cloud computing; big data; and Internet industry development.
Lenovo Group and the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) have entered into a collaboration to establish the region’s first cloud service and product development center, as reported by Laura Luo on Datacenter Dynamic’s Chinese website. Paul Chow, chairman of Cyberport and Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in a number of areas, including research and development (R&D), personnel training and employment, cloud computing, assisting start-ups, big data, and Internet industry development.
BEIJING: Motorola, the mobile handset maker bought by China’s Lenovo Group Ltd from Google Inc for $2.9 billion, is optimistic about its prospects in the Chinese market, its president told Reuters. Lenovo’s acquisition, completed three months ago, ended Google’s move into the consumer mobile handset business. The deal has turned personal computer-maker Lenovo into a challenger in the higher-end smartphone market, competing with Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc.
Lenovo, the world’s largest supplier of personal computers, has tapped Cyberport in Hong Kong to serve as its research and development base for new “cloud computing” products and services. The computer giant’s cloud research operation represents the latest high-profile tenant landed by the Hong Kong government-backed technology complex, which opened in 2002 with Microsoft among its anchor tenants.
NEW DELHI:Lenovo on Friday launched India’s cheapest smartphone that can work on fourth-generation telecom technology, pricing it aggressively at Rs 6,999 to take on offerings from Microsoft, Xiaomi and Micromax that have recently launched 4G devices costing less than Rs 10,000. The Chinese company will sell the 4G LTE smartphone, A6000, exclusively via online marketplace Flipkart through flash sale, a model that has been adopted by Xiaomi and Motorola in India with great success. The first flash sale is on January 28.
With the server market’s rapid growth and the China government’s aggressive efforts to build up the country’s server industry, China-based server brand vendors have all seen their annual shipment growths surpassing 50% in the past few years. As Lenovo completed the acquisition of IBM’s server business in September of 2014, Digitimes Research expects the strong growth to continue in 2015.
Enjoying growths in both tablet and notebook shipments, Lenovo is estimated to beat Samsung Electronics in mobile computing device shipments (notebooks and tablets) by about one million units in 2014 and become the second-largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide, only behind Apple. Despite difficulties to achieve further shipment growths for its tablet business, Lenovo with its advantage as the largest notebook brand vendor worldwide and aggressive promotions of its inexpensive and phone-enabled tablets is expected to achieve 50 million in total tablet and notebook shipments in 2015, widening its gap with Samsung to nine million units.
China-based electronics maker Fenda Technology recently announced it has been selected by Lenovo as a qualified supplier for the vendor’s wearable devices, which implies that Lenovo is poised to start mass producing a wearable device in the near future, according to a Chinese-language Sina.com report. Fenda declined to provide further details about the cooperation.
Lenovo and Asustek are expected to release Chromebooks using Google-certified solutions from China-based Rockchip in the first half of 2015 at the latest, and their devices are expected to be priced at US$149, a new low for notebook products, according to Digitimes Research’s latest finding from the Greater China supply chain. Rockchip is a first-tier tablet application processor (AP) designer in China and has recently cooperated with Intel over chip design and the distribution of Intel’s SoFIA chips.
Lenovo and Google jointly announced that Lenovo formally completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, and this now makes Lenovo the third largest smartphone maker in the world. Yang Yuanqing, chairman and chief executive officer of Lenovo Group, said that while enhancing the company position as the third largest smartphone maker in the world, Lenovo will challenge the top two competitors.
Lenovo reportedly will launch Chromebook models targeting the sub-US$170 segment in early 2015, a move which will further drag down profits for notebook vendors, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Lenovo’s Chromebooks will be powered by CPUs from China-based Rockchip Electronics and produced by China-based ODM Bitland Information Technology. Additionally, Rockchip will also be responsible for the integration of the supply chain for Lenovo.
NEW DELHI: China’s Lenovo, better known for its personal computers, expects smartphone growth in the Asia Pacific region to be led by India, a fast growing but highly competitive market which will also be a key contributor to the company’s global success post its Motorola acquisition. Lenovo that completed the $2.91 billion acquisition of formerly Google-owned Motorola last week said that globally it had become the No 3 brand by market share, while its position in India has been elevated to among the top five brands.
Lenovo’s newest earnings report, released this afternoon, shows that the Chinese company shipped 32.8 million smartphones worldwide in the six months ended September 30. That’s a record high, up 38 percent from the same period a year ago and outpacing the 25 percent growth in smartphone shipments in general. Lenovo credited this phone growth to “aggressive business expansion in emerging markets outside of China.” Indeed, markets outside of China now account for 20 percent of its shipped smartphones, which is up from nine percent a year ago.
Chinese PC maker Lenovo is reportedly planning to launch a new flagship smartphone in India this week. Lenovo has begun sending invites to select media houses for the launch event of an unnamed device scheduled on 6 November. In the invitation, the company has emphasised on the mystery device’s unique ‘multi-layered’ design, hinting that the upcoming event will witness the launch of the recently unveiled Octa-core powered Vibe X2 smartphone, reported BGR India.
NEW DELHI/BEIJING: After the closure of its $2.9 billion Motorola acquisition, world’s fourth largest smartphone maker Lenovo today said it will continue to sell the US brand as a separate label in India, one of its “most important” markets. In January this year, Lenovo had announced that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion from tech giant Google, one of the largest acquisitions by a Chinese tech firm. Google, itself, had bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.4 billion.