US woman sues Lenovo and Superfish

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US woman sues Lenovo and Superfish

A US woman is suing both Lenovo and Superfish, after the PC maker was found shipping laptops to consumers with Superfish adware pre-installed.

Security experts warn that Superfish adware leaves users vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks via a self-signed root certificate, which could allow a saboteur to intercept users' encrypted SSL connections.

[Related: Lenovo website hacked, revenge for Superfish?]

Reports of the adware-laden Lenovo laptops went viral last week, around the time Jessica Bennett, of San Diego, California, filed a lawsuit against the companies in a federal court.

Earlier this week, Ars Technica published the court documents filed Thursday US time by Bennett, who seeks class-action status for the suit.

Bennett accused the firms of violating the California Invasion of Privacy Act, federal wiretap law and a state law governing unfair business competition.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published steps to uninstall Superfish. Lenovo stopped preloading the adware in January.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineus.com

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