Lenovo’s website was hacked Wednesday, days after the company was criticized for pre-installing marketing software that the federal government has labeled a potential security threat.
A group of hackers that call themselves Lizard Squad, which previously hacked Sony’s Playstation video-game network, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Lenovo’s site, according to media reports.
“Unfortunately, Lenovo has been the victim of a cyber attack that redirected traffic from the Lenovo website,” the company said in a statement. “We responded quickly, addressing the issue and restoring our website’s ecommerce functionality. We continue to monitor the situation for additional developments.”
Some visitors to the website Wednesday reportedly heard the song “Breaking Free” from the movie “High School Musical.”
Lenovo’s website appeared to be functioning Thursday morning. Officials at the No. 1 PC maker couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Lenovo is based in China but has a headquarters in Morrisville.
“It looks like the hackers were unhappy with the Superfish episode and did this as payback,” Dan Baker, a Morningstar analyst, told Bloomberg.
Superfish is the marketing software that Lenovo preloaded between September and December on some consumer laptops, but not on ThinkPad laptops aimed for business users. The company has apologized for preloading Superfish and has said it was unaware of any “potential security vulnerability” until last week.
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