Stories by Gregg Keizer

Mozilla scrubs Superfish certificate from Firefox

Mozilla has released an update to Firefox that erases the self-signed digital certificate implanted by Superfish, the vulnerable adware that blew up in Lenovo's face a week and a half ago.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 March, 2015 01:59

Tags: Firefox, security, Lenovo

Lenovo to flush 'crapware' from its consumer PCs after Superfish sin

Lenovo today said that it would immediately begin reducing the amount of "crapware" on its consumer PCs, a move triggered by last week's admission that adware pre-loaded onto the Chinese company's machines posed a critical security threat.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 February, 2015 07:50

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, security, YouGov, Lenovo

Yahoo gains U.S. search share on the back of Firefox

New measurements show that Yahoo continued to improve its share of the U.S. search market after striking a deal last year with Mozilla, the maker of Firefox.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 February, 2015 02:30

Tags: search, Yahoo, Firefox, Google, Microsoft, bing, internet, search engines, ComScore

Apple slates March 9 event, hints at Watch wearable

Apple today invited reporters and analysts to an event scheduled for March 9, when it will probably talk up the Apple Watch and perhaps unveil other hardware.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 February, 2015 07:58

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Apple watch, Wearables

Researchers uncover signs of Superfish-style attacks

Researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday said that they had found evidence that implies attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of other programs.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 February, 2015 03:48

Tags: Komodia, Microsoft, security, beca, Lenovo, Cybercrime & Hacking, Electronic Frontier Foundation, intrusion, mcafee, EFF, symantec

Lenovo's brand 'buzz' score takes hit after Superfish crapware flap

Lenovo's "brand buzz" rating fell by half since news broke last week that it had pre-loaded hacker-vulnerable adware onto consumer PCs, a brand quality measurement firm said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 February, 2015 08:33

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, security, YouGov, Lenovo

Google scrubs Pwnium hack contest

Google yesterday said it would shut down its Pwnium hacking contest, which it has held alongside the better-known Pwn2Own challenge each spring since 2012.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 February, 2015 05:27

Tags: intrusion, Google, security, sony, Cybercrime & Hacking

More lawyers swoop down on Lenovo, Superfish with class-action lawsuits in hand

Lenovo and adware maker, Superfish, has come under more legal fire yesterday as two new lawsuits were filed in California federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 February, 2015 07:23

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, security, Lenovo

What's a consumer Office 365 subscription worth to Microsoft?

As Microsoft has added more consumer subscribers to the rolls of Office 365, the amount of revenue per subscriber has fallen, according to estimates based on the limited information the company releases.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 February, 2015 06:12

Tags: Microsoft, software, mobile apps

Chrome warns users of devious software that could impact Google's business

Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that pops up when users try to access a website that the search giant suspects will try to dupe users into downloading underhanded software.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 February, 2015 01:16

Tags: web browsers, Google, security, software

Apple will launch iOS public previews to get more eyeballs on bug hunt

Apple will launch an invite-only public beta of iOS 8.3 next month, then expand the program this summer with iOS 9, according to online reports.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 February, 2015 02:50

Tags: Apple, security, software, Apple iOS

Lenovo releases tool to purge Superfish 'junkware'

Lenovo has released a promised tool to delete the Superfish Visual Discovery adware from its consumer PCs.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 February, 2015 05:08

Tags: isco, Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, mcafee, Microsoft, security, Lenovo

Microsoft helps out partner Lenovo, deletes Superfish 'crapware' and rogue cert

Microsoft today updated its free Windows Defender and Security Essentials antivirus programs with a signature that sniffs out and deletes the rogue certificate linked to Superfish Visual Discovery, the "crapware" that blew up in Lenovo's face this week.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 February, 2015 05:29

Tags: isco, Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, Microsoft, security, CloudFlare, Lenovo

After years of complaints, Apple launches MacBook Pro video repair program

Apple today launched a program for MacBook Pros that will repair, free of charge, some laptops with distorted or no video.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 February, 2015 03:50

Tags: Apple, hardware systems, Change.org, apple mac, macbook pro

Security experts call for halt to PC 'crapware' after Lenovo debacle

Well, the crapware certainly hit the fan.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 February, 2015 23:07

Tags: Apple, Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, security, Tripwire, Lenovo

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