This is a REALLY poor business practice which I hope they didn’t know about (the root certificate part)…and it could damage their rep for many years to come. Frankly, it’s a scandal.
Yup, this could damage their rep as badly as the 'root kit' scandal hit Sony, and for mine they fechen deserve it. Next to bankers and politicians, advertising execs are the next worse class of parasite on the planet, and it IS these parasites who set shit like this up with hardware/software developers. Fechen advertising execs and their cohorts. If I had my way, those responsible for this diabolical crime would be charged with intrusive cyber crimes.... AND convicted.... AND sentenced to denuttification AND life imprisonment WITHOUT parole.
What with modern HDDS coming with spyware installed in the root; intrusive and aggressive advertising; spyware and crapware being installed on new PCs - not to mention the scammers, hackers and phising parasites, it's a wonder there are any PC sales anymore. If there's a way to kill the golden goose, it's going to extremes and excesses with one bad idea after another, and advertising execs know precisely how to do that. Yup, PC sales and usage could see a steep decline if practices like this continue to happen. In fact, I hope OEMs who agree to it go broke... along with the slimy advertisers who instigate it.
I know that I am becoming more and more dubious about purchasing anything OEM... but then again, if new HDDs come with spyware installed in the root, and it is found to be uninstallable, even building my own PCs could well become a thing of the past. Thankfully, I've not experienced anything untoward with my HP laptop-come-tablet, but had I found anything remotely similat to this travesty, I'd be screaming it from the highest hill and kicking up such a stick they'd distinctly .hear it at HP HQ
Anyway, this advertising exec walks into a bar with a rather large leech on his head and the barman cracks up laughing for a few minutes. When he finally settles and has caught his breath he asks: "Look, you don't see this sort of thing every day, so what's the stoey here?
The leech replies: "Well it started out as a very virulent and puss laden boil on my arse."
Now you all know where advertising execs come from.