Remember last week when Lenovo came under fire for exposing some of the people using its computer to cyberattacks thanks to some sketchy adware that the company pre-installed on some of its devices? Well, unsurprisingly, the company is now facing much more than public outrage and is now looking at a lawsuit over the adware which injected ads into search results.
Not surprisingly, the controversy over Lenovo installing Superfish adware into its consumer PCs has resulted in a lawsuit.
According to the suit, filed in California district court, San Diego-based Jessica Bennett purchased a Lenovo Yoga 2 laptop in late 2014, and quickly noticed unwanted pop-ups. Bennett “was writing a blog post for a client when she noticed spam advertisements involving scantily clad women appearing on her client’s website,” prompting her to ask her client if their site had been hacked. Later, however, she saw the same ads on a different, well-known website, and realized that the problem was with her PC. The suit is seeking class-action status for affected Lenovo laptop owners. Though Lenovo said it only installed Superfish on PCs sold between September and December 2014, the suit wants to include anyone who bought a Lenovo PC dating back to Jan. 1, 2012.