Robert McMillan at WIRED:
If you’ve bought a Lenovo laptop anytime since August, it may have shipped with a dangerous bit of adware known as Visual Discovery by Superfish. It’s the kind of software add-on that computer makers are often paid to include with their hardware. Superfish exists to serve up ads, but it does so in such a maddeningly dangerous way that it creates a real security problem for Lenovo users.
Worse, Lenovo appears completely clueless about the problem.
PCs shipping with crappy OEM software — know as bloatware for good reason — is nothing new but tampering with web traffic to earn ad money is a new low, even worse when you consider how vulnerable it leaves these computers