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Submission + - Lenovo Accused of Pushing Self-signed MITM Proxy ( 2

jones_supa writes: More OEM crapware coming at you. Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo has come under fire for allegedly shipping consumer Windows laptops with software that hijacks secure website connections, as well as inserting ads into search results. The software is called "Superfish" and it installs its own self-signed root certificate authority. Superfish comes with Lenovo consumer products only, and is a technology that helps users "find and discover products visually". The technology instantly analyzes images on the web and presents identical and similar product offers. Google's Chris Palmer has been analyzing the issue on a Yoga 2 laptop. He has confirmed with one other affected user that the certificates used share the same key, which leaves any impacted Lenovo user vulnerable to an attack from anyone able to extract the certificate's private key, with the user left without any warning or notice of such an attack. Superfish can be uninstalled, but it reportedly leaves the root certificate authority behind. On a new laptop, the software can be disabled simply by not accepting the Terms of User and Privacy Policy on initial setup.

Submission + - Lenovo accused of pushing Superfish self-signed MITM proxy (

fourbadgers writes: Lenovo accused of pre-installing superfish ad-ware on consumer laptops. Ad-ware is bad enough but this also includes a self-signing certificate authority for bank of america

zdnet: "Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo has come under fire for allegedly shipping consumer Windows laptops with software that hijacks secure website connections, as well as inserting ads into search results."

Comment Eh (Score 1) 255

The song sounds more like they just recorded some sound bites (something you might hear on a radio station, "This is X and you're listening to Y") from artists and celebrities and slapped them on a cheap advertising jingle. There are some lyrics, but the singers are some random studio musicians.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 236

The last person who suggested they reduce prices to be competitive was beaten to death by the Duopoly of Coles/Myer and Woolsworth. Then the corpse was kicked by Gerry Harvey (who seems to enjoy beating dead horses).

So a horse suggested that retailers should reduce prices? Australia is stranger than I thought.

Comment Re:Dodged a bullet. (Score 1) 249

An antivirus company saying that Windows in insecure would be like BP saying that we should all switch to solar power and stop using oil.

Actually, BP probably wouldn't mind. Despite the conspiracy theories, "oil" companies don't hate alternative energy sources - they're actually large investors in wind, solar, etc.. After all, they're not in it for the oil, they're in it for the money. When solar starts getting big(ger), it's mostly the same cats who will profit. Oil just happens to be easily exploitable at the time.


Submission + - Google plans open source OS release

gasmanpopey writes: "

BBC news is reporting that Google are planning on releasing an open source OS (which, i'm sure will come as a surprise to nobody). The article is somewhat vague but the wording implies that the OS will be web based. From TFA:

"We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds," said the blog post written by Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Google's engineering director Linus Upson. Both men said that "the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web" and that this OS is "our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be". To that end, the search giant said the new OS would go back to basics. "We are completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates."

Submission + - MSN Soapbox now in public beta

Pasito writes: Microsoft has opened up its YouTube killer to the public. Soapbox boasts the following features:

Soapbox allows the users to browse and watch videos at the same time.
Amazing video quality.
Go full screen without restarting the video.
RSS feeds for everything: RSS feed for a tag, a search, a users videos, etc.

What will be interesting to see if they can garner the content since for online video sites, content is king. We'll have to wait and see how they tackle the two big issues of these kinds of sites: revenue generation and copyright material.

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