If you tried to go on Lenovo’s main website on Thursday, instead of reaching the main portal of the hardware manufacturer you were likely greeted by a picture of what looks to be an average teenager, sitting in his room with his dog and a pair of bulky headphones wrapped on top of his head.
The attack on the company’s website seems to have been launched in response to their Superfish debacle which broke earlier this week, where it was discovered bloatware on their laptops and desktops was putting users at risk by breaking the SSL chain of trusted certificates in order to insert ads into users web browsers and email clients without gaining permission first.
In a statement responding to the incident, a spokesman for Lenovo was quoted as saying:
“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. We are responding and have already restored certain functionality to our public facing website, and are actively reviewing our network security and will take appropriate steps to bolster our site and to protect the integrity of our users’ information and experience.”
The news comes just a few months after law enforcement officials from the UK and Finland claimed to have honed in on the core leadership of Lizard Squad (believed to be responsible for Lenovo’s recent woes) after the group’s widely-publicized takedown of the PSN and Xbox Live networks hit headlines during the Christmas holiday last year.
Though it’s been widely speculated that the Lizard Squad serves no purpose other than to catch news stories while they’re still relevant and SEO worthy, if you ever needed proof, this would be it.
Lenovo has been a big figure in the press cycle over the past week due to their involvement with the makers of Superfish, Komodia, and now it seems members of the Squad aren’t willing to let all that juicy publicity slip out of their fingers without a fight.
Despite the group’s ability to crack simple websites and basic code, it’s clear that whoever is behind things, they care far more about being popular than they do about actually exploiting or strengthening the security of the web as a whole.
If something’s in the collective conscious, that’s where they’ll hit next, almost always in an attempt to keep themselves relevant while they also try to sell their nonsense DDoS tools to the underground script kiddies on the side.
Whether it was Xbox during the holidays, Malaysia Airlines when a plane went missing, or Lenovo while they’re working to pick up the pieces their bloatware left behind, Lizard Squad will do anything and everything they need to in order to stay relevant in the public eye.
Like the Lady Gaga of hacking collectives, they care more about being famous than they do making a real impact, and as such, you can expect this story on Lenovo, just like the rest, to go the way of the wind by the time the next big controversy hits the front page in a few days or less.