Adding insult to injury

by Volker Weber

Lenovo says:

our goal was to enhance the experience for users

Lenovo, you are insulting our intelligence. Do you seriously think that anybody, anyone, will believe that you are enhancing a user's experience by adding ads to the content they are viewing? And that it's OKish to insert a proxy and a root certificate for that purpose? Because yada yada yada ...

Here is what you could have written:

We made a stupid mistake. Can we please ask for forgiveness?

And then, maybe, hoist the person responsible up a flagpole by their tiny balls? You think that maybe a bit too much? In that case you should look at the attack vector he created.

Update: Slowly getting there.


Jesus. Major F-up there indeed.

Maikel Maes, 2015-02-20

I just read how Robert Graham extracted the certificate and it's password. Impressively simple.

I wonder how Lenovo will fix that problem for all those people having their Laptops. Most probably they will not.

it's a pity. I thought Lenvo is building good machines, and worth a look when someone needs a Windows Laptop. Until now.

Julian Buss, 2015-02-20

I wonder if this provides enough arguments for filing a class action.

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2015-02-20

Well said.

Chris Linfoot, 2015-02-20

Komodia has a slight problem now:
Site is offline due to DDOS with the recent media attention.

Contact point is: Barak Weichselbaum (

Christian Tillmanns, 2015-02-20

Lenovo reads

Martin Funk, 2015-02-20

Yes. And no. Thanks for the heads up.

Volker Weber, 2015-02-20

"However, user feedback was not positive..."

Boudewijn Kiljan, 2015-02-20

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