Lenovo fined $3.5 million for putting user's security at stake

Lenovo has agreed to pay $3.5 million in fine for pre-installing malicious software on its series of laptops in 2015.

By Vijeta

Lenovo hit a rough patch a few years back when law-suit was filed against the multinational technology company for pre-installing an adware called the VisualDiscovery. It was allegedly performing an attack on secure connections and could be used to spy on encrypted communications.

Lenovo fined $3.5 million for putting user's security at stake

However, Lenovo has finally come to terms with Federal Trade Commission and is ready to pay a fine of $3.5 million.

The FTC stated, "As part of the settlement with the FTC, Lenovo is prohibited from misrepresenting any features of software preloaded on laptops that will inject advertising into consumers' internet browsing sessions or transmit sensitive consumer information to third parties."

It further elaborated,"The company must also get consumers' affirmative consent before pre-installing this type of software. In addition, the company is required for 20 years to implement a comprehensive software security program for most consumer software preloaded on its laptops. The security program will also be subject to third-party audits."

However, Lenovo may have agreed to pay a fine yet it denies its participation in the alleged depravities.
The case has finally been resolved anyway and Lenovo made its way out of a deep trench.

Lenovo has also stated that it wasn't aware of any third party exploiting its apps.

Given the fact that Lenovo generated a revenue of more than $500 million in the last financial year, Lenovo could not have wished for anything better than a $3.5 million fine.

Lenovo is now out of a big pothole which could have hurt its reputation badly.

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