Hackers Can Set Your Printer on Fire

Posted on December 1, 2011

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Paper jams and smudged ink are the least of your worries, if a report by Colombia University on MSNBC is to be believed.

“…The Colombia University researchers are calling this a “new class of computer security flaws,” one in which hackers might gain remote access to printers and either forward secure print jobs to other devices, potentially exposing sensitive information, or cause actual, physical harm to the printer.

The reason it’s new, they say, is that printers have become more computer-like, functioning more like standalone computers on networks. But since they’re not viewed in security terms as discrete, vulnerable client computing devices, they lack the inbuilt, progressive defense measures common to traditional computers,” says TIME.

Think twice before you Ctrl + P.

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