PC champ Lenovo ‘pwned’ by Lizard Squad
Cyber ne’er-do-wells post pic of unknown youth to corporate homepage, in wake of Superfish fiasco
China-based global PC market leader Lenovo has been targeted by the infamous Lizard Squad, according to tweets from the cyber gang's Twitter account.
At the time of writing, www.lenovo.com is unavailable and displays the message, "The Lenovo Web site is currently unavailable but will return soon." But according to several online reports the corporate homepage was replaced with a slideshow of images of a pale young man with long dark hair for some time last night. The identity of the youth is unknown, but no suggestion has yet been made that he played any part in the attack.
The attack came in the same week that Lenovo was condemned for the presence of adware lurker Superfish, which the Chinese hardware vendor insisted was only intended to help users find products on the Internet. Instead, the program was slammed for inserting unwanted ads in webpages and was labelled a security risk by US authorities.
Lizard Squad now tweets from @LizardCircle, having had previous Twitter accounts blocked by the microblogging service, the most recent of which was @LizardPhoenix. @LizardCircle includes screenshots of email exchanges between the Squad and Lenovo, highlighting problems with removing Superfish from some devices. However, Lizard squad does not explicitly connect the "teen attack" with Superfish.