@Dogged Re: margin enhancing malware strategy
"Yep, they did it. Nope, they didn't quite understand what they were doing."
Really ? They developped a program aimed at detecting a Windows agent, overwrite it at boot time, all of this embedded in the MB memory, without knowing what they were doing ? It costed them quite some effort, so be sure they knew what they were doing, along with all the engineering mgmt line.
"They took money to make a low-margin product cheaper."
Yeah, in other words, they screwed their customer by selling their laptop to someone else to make for a better price. You seem to find this OK, I don't.
"It was only ever on the cheapest nastiest shit they sell, never on the ex-IBM product lines."
Doesn't matter. People paid for it anyway. Again, you seem to find it OK, I don't.
"This was a catastrophe for Lenovo. No sane board would have approved it with full knowledge. It cost them far more than they made. Think they're ever going to do it again?"
This was a very minor incident for Lenovo. Which of your neighbours or mine heard of it ? They were just cought and backtracked in emergency. Joe User will still find those Lenovo laptops very attractive at the local shop. Of course, they'll do it again, but will try to be more cautious.
If I were a security researcher, my christmas gift would be the first entry level Lenovo laptop, 2016 line.