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Millions of printers open to devastating hack attack, researchers say
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Could a hacker from half-way around the planet control your printer and give it instructions so frantic that it could eventually catch fire? Or use a hijacked printer as a copy machine for criminals, making it easy to commit identity theft or even take control of entire networks that would otherwise be secure?

Its not only possible, but likely, say researchers at Columbia University, who claim they've discovered a new class of computer security flaws that could impact millions of businesses, consumers, and even government agencies.

Printers can be remotely controlled by computer criminals over the Internet, with the potential to steal personal information, attack otherwise secure networks and even cause physical damage, the researchers argue in a vulnerability warning first reported by They say there's no easy fix for the flaw theyve identified in some Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printer lines and perhaps on other firms printers, too and there's no way to tell if hackers have already exploited it.

The researchers, who have working quietly for months in an electronics lab under a series of government and industry grants, described the flaw in a private briefing for federal agencies two weeks ago. They told Hewlett Packard about it last week.

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  -Millions of printers open to devastating hack attack, researchers say IDemo  Nov-29-11 07:05 AM   #0 
  - do you mean that they could hack the banks ? ha ha  april   Nov-29-11 07:20 AM   #1 
  - see...  FirstLight   Nov-29-11 12:54 PM   #25 
  - In his book "The Enemy Within"...  krispos42   Nov-29-11 07:27 AM   #2 
  - The "PC Load Letter" message seems a lot more menacing now...  htuttle   Nov-29-11 07:39 AM   #3 
  - That's funny  Another Bill C.   Nov-29-11 09:20 AM   #10 
     - I have one too,  naaman fletcher   Nov-29-11 11:01 AM   #18 
  - More fear all the time.  RC   Nov-29-11 07:50 AM   #4 
  - There's nothing mysterious about "embedded systems"  IDemo   Nov-29-11 08:59 AM   #7 
  - I see it less as fear, and more as simple information  LanternWaste   Nov-29-11 09:17 AM   #9 
  - The article reads like a propaganda piece.  RC   Nov-29-11 09:33 AM   #11 
  - +1  freshwest   Nov-29-11 10:49 AM   #16 
  - Maybe it will make them print French letters  dipsydoodle   Nov-29-11 07:53 AM   #5 
  - With fancy ribbons?  enlightenment   Nov-29-11 09:57 AM   #14 
  - I just can't get excited about these ongoing virus scares nt  eilen   Nov-29-11 08:00 AM   #6 
  - Someone is trying to justify their existence. n/t  cosmicone   Nov-29-11 09:09 AM   #8 
  - Bingo. Could we have another grant sir, this is impotent.  Aaria   Nov-29-11 11:14 AM   #19 
  - This should serve as a warning to people  RoccoR5955   Nov-29-11 09:34 AM   #12 
  - This is about networked printers.  Lance_Boyle   Nov-29-11 12:54 PM   #24 
  - read the article. It's about ANY printers  RoccoR5955   Nov-29-11 02:38 PM   #30 
  - read the article. It's about ANY printers  RoccoR5955   Nov-29-11 02:38 PM   #31 
  - I bet you are one of those who has canned food in the basement,  cosmicone   Nov-29-11 03:04 PM   #32 
     - nope, I am not.  RoccoR5955   Nov-29-11 03:56 PM   #34 
     - What's wrong with canned food in the basement?  PavePusher   Nov-29-11 06:06 PM   #36 
  - Hypersensational, to say the least  cactusfractal   Nov-29-11 09:57 AM   #13 
  - well, you know  backtoblue   Nov-29-11 10:46 AM   #15 
  - nt  Johnny Noshoes   Nov-29-11 11:44 AM   #23 
  - My HP printer has a wireless connection that we can't turn off.  saras   Nov-29-11 10:56 AM   #17 
  - The ultimate security measure.....  DeSwiss   Nov-29-11 11:15 AM   #20 
  - There's a power switch and a power cord, yes? n/t  PavePusher   Nov-29-11 06:07 PM   #37 
  - I highly doubt this.  Odin2005   Nov-29-11 11:21 AM   #21 
  - The fire hazard and "ink" drying aspects weren't valid  IDemo   Nov-29-11 01:35 PM   #27 
  - Since we are on computers has anyone else had their Mozilla bookmarks scrubed?  Aaria   Nov-29-11 11:22 AM   #22 
  - A bigger issue might be document security.  Xithras   Nov-29-11 01:05 PM   #26 
  - There goes my money printing operation nt  ShockediSay   Nov-29-11 02:23 PM   #28 
  - Why doesn't somebody hack student loan and credit rating agencies?  undeterred   Nov-29-11 02:35 PM   #29 
  - Some of the printers where I work can print checks  slackmaster   Nov-29-11 03:13 PM   #33 
  - Do you think it might help my printer to work properly?  Old Troop   Nov-29-11 04:32 PM   #35 

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