Lenovo, a leading computer maker in China, has been fined $3.5 million by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 32 states for allegedly pre-installing malicious Superfish adware to its laptops shipped between August 2014 to February 2015.
This is not the first time we are covering alleged misconduct by the Chinese computer maker, back in 2014 we featured an article about how China was conducting espionage in the Caribbean under the guise of aid. More information on that can be found at this link and this link.
Lenovo has since suffered from a consumer backlash, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security outrightly came out to advise users to delete the pre-installed software from their Lenovo-branded computers. However, this fine by the FTC is the first concrete repercussion Lenovo has suffered over the alleged installation of malicious software on its computers.
In the agreed settlement, Lenovo is to pay the $3.5 million penalty and is required to conduct a comprehensive security program for all consumer software it pre-installs on its computers over the next 20 years. The security program will also be subject to audit by …read more