If you bought a Lenovo PC between September 2014 and January 2015, then you may be at risk for identity theft. In September, Lenovo began selling laptops with a pre-installed program called Superfish Visual Discovery. This program is what’s known as adware, which means that it spies on your web traffic in order to provide ads that are tailored specifically for you.
Pre-loaded software isn’t new, but that doesn’t mean it should be trusted. The problem with Superfish is that it has holes that allow hackers to steal your information. It exposes the computer – and its user – to potential theft of private information. Hackers can intercept your credit card number, banking information, passwords and other user data without your knowledge or permission. Even when you think you’re on a secure website, you might not be safe if this program is on your computer.
Identity theft can wreak havoc on your finances and your life. Lenovo’s decision to pre-install Superfish before shipping computers to customers has been called irresponsible and an abuse of trust. Lenovo has stopped using the program, but the computers that were sold with Superfish continue to put users at risk.
Note that these are allegations and still need to be proved in court. That said, we know class action attorneys who are looking to speak with Lenovo users to see if they might have a case. There is no cost or commitment.
Consumers are beginning to join lawsuits against the company and demand compensation. If you purchased a Lenovo computer between September 2014 and January 2015, you might have a claim. If you have questions about whether you should get involved or how you can seek compensation for buying one of these computers, you can contact us online or give us a call at (312) 346-5320 or (800) 517-1614. There is no charge for speaking with our attorneys.