Wireless printers make for hacking entry points, say researchers


Wireless printers make for hacking entry points, say researchers

Image source: Web in Security.

Printers have always been one of the devices with the lower risk of network invasions. Or so we thought. It was recently found that thousands of internet-connected printers can allow hackers to steal sensitive data and passwords.

Jens Müller and two other researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum wrote about their findings, as well as a Wiki page and an open-source toolkit. That last one can be used to take advantage of the security flaws or to test a printer for vulnerabilities.

The printers here aren't indicative of the most vulnerable brand, but simply what the researchers could get a hold of at the time. <br> Image source: Web in Security.

The result of the research apparently shows that affected printers can be locked up by DDoS or be reset to factory defaults. It can also capture sensitive documents being sent for print. Attackers could also use the printer as an entry point to pull network credentials and gain more access to an organization.

Source: ZDNet via Gizmodo.

 

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