Last month, a hacker called stackoverflowin hacked into 150,000 insecure printers in order to “ raise everyone’s awareness.” The hacker used his own automated script to detected insecure printers. Furthermore, he instructed machines to print a “YOUR PRINTER HAS BEEN PWND’D” message with a paper full of ASCII art. And it is worth mentioning that those hacked printers are manufactured by a wide range companies, including some famous brand like HP, Brother, Epson, and Canon.
So printers can be hacked, then what?
An internet printer could save secure data, personal information and etc. When it is connected to internet without proper protection. Your data is in great danger. Plus, if your printers is hacked, it could be turned into zombie that cause serious DDoS. That is to say, to secure your printer is as important as it is to secure your PC.
Here’s what Dr. Safety recommend you:
1.Check all your IoT devices especially the internet printer.
2. Secure all devices with strong passwords!
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3. Turn off the device or disconnect the internet if not necessary!
Do you have an internet printer? Do you use it in your daily life? While technology make our life convenient, we musk be cautious about internet security!