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Lenovo to pay $3.5 mn for compromise­d user security


Lenovo, a major laptop maker, has agreed to pay $3.5 million and make changes in how it sells laptops in order to settle allegation­s its old devices with pre-loaded software that compromise­d users' security protection­s. The agreement with Connecticu­t, the Federal Trade Commission and 31 other states was announced on Tuesday. The software, called Visual Discovery, was installed on hundreds of thousands of laptops beginning in August 2014 in order to deliver pop-up advertisem­ents. The software also blocked browsers from warning users when they tried to access malicious websites.

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