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Lenovo spyware persists across OS re-installs

2015-08-12 17:40:01.780476+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Lenovo used the BIOS to install its own software over fresh Windows installs:

The oddity was first noted by Ars Technica forum user ‘ge814‘ and corroborated by Hacker News user ‘chuckup.’

The users discovered the issue in May when using a new Lenovo laptop that automatically and covertly overwrote a system file on every boot, which downloaded a Lenovo updater and installed software automatically, even if Windows was reinstalled from a DVD.

This included software that sent system data back to Lenovo.

This is apparently a Microsoft-sanctioned thing: the "Windows Platform Binary Table".

Via /..

How much do you trust your computing platform?

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