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Hackers Could Trigger Your Printer to Overheat

Columbia University researchers Salvatore Stolfo and Ang Cui claimed to have hijacked the software that controls LaserJet Printers’ “Remote Firmware Update” process allowing them to highjack a firmware upgrade.

The two researchers demonstrated how they could instruct a highjacked printer’s fuser, designed to dry the ink, to abnormally heat up and cause a piece of paper to smoke. The researchers used HP’s laser printers to demonstrate their claim.
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in HP

 

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