Lizard Squad strikes again: Lenovo attacked after Superfish controversy

Lenovo has been much in the news recently following complaints that it preloaded its laptops with Superfish – an adware app that exposed its users to cybersecurity risks.

The US Government chided Lenovo for its actions, alerting the Chinese computer manufacturer’s customers to potential SSL spoofing attacks, and classifying Superfish as spyware.

The company soon apologized, even going as far as releasing an automatic removal tool to help users uninstall Superfish in an attempt to regain customer trust.

That didn’t stop a Californian woman, Jessica N Bennett, filing the first class action against Lenovo and Superfish for unlawfully using and damaging her computer with spyware, as The Register reports.

Now Lizard Squad* has weighed in.

The hacking group attacked Lenovo’s website Wednesday, employing its usual MO, a DNS attack, to redirect site visitors to a free CloudFlare account, where they were entertained by a slideshow of moody young people set to the song ‘Breaking Free’ from the movie ‘High School Musical’. CloudFlare told Bloomberg it has now disabled the account.

Lenovo issued the following statement to the Wall Street Journal:

“Unfortunately, Lenovo has been the victim of a cyber attack. One effect of this attack was to redirect traffic from the Lenovo website. We are also actively investigating other aspects of the attack. We are responding and have already restored certain functionality to our public facing website.”

Lizard Squad has been busy recently. Earlier this week it attacked Google Vietnam, last month it went after Malaysia Airlines, and last year the hacking group claimed responsibility for attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live network, among others.

Lenovo is reviewing its security.


* Not actual lizards.