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Adware pre-installed on consumer grade Lenovo systems (2/19/2015)

If you haven't seen the news from overnight, a fairly significant security issue has been reported with Lenovo's consumer-grade computers. Lenovo is pre-installing an Adware proxy from a company called SuperFish. This adware is installed on all new consumer grade Lenovo systems, making the likelihood of this being used for nefarious purposes fairly high. Lenovo claims to have send a "remove" command, but there are reports from owners of these systems still finding SuperFish installed.

This does not affect the Lenovo Enterprise product lines 

For additional information and reference:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/19/superfish_lenovo_spyware/

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/18/lenovo-superfish/

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/19/lenovo-says-pre-loaded-adware-is-no-longer-active-and-pre-installation-stopped-in-january/

 

Nebula Customer Spring Meeting (2/19/2015)

The Nebula customer spring meeting is scheduled for March 5th, in the UW Tower Auditorium, from 12:00-1:00 PM

 

Changing from Nebula2 to NETID login (1/7/2015)

The Nebula service has set a goal for its UW-IT customers to stop using their Nebula2 user accounts and switch to using their NETID user accounts before April 2015. This is part of a larger initiative consolidating Windows domains, supports the IM Infrastructure Refresh project, and is a blocker for several other Nebula goals such as splitting off a separate Software Distribution Service.

Any customer can make the switch themselves. Hundreds of other Nebula customers have made the switch to only using a NETID user account, and there is no risk to trying the switch because you can revert back to using the Nebula2 user account. There is helpful documentation to assist customers that want to do this self-service at http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/wares/nebula/news/netid-logins/.

Alternatively, Nebula will provide 30 minutes of assistance (at no additional cost beyond the Nebula core fee) to help customers make the switch. We will have dedicated staff available during a specific period for your UW-IT division, but you can also send a request for help at any time to help@uw.edu. If you believe you are no longer using your Nebula2 user account, you can send a request to disable the account, which will help you ensure you don’t have any hidden lingering dependencies on it.

 

 

Last modified: February 19, 2015