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Windows 7: Is your printer spewing gibberish? Could be malware

22 Jun 2012   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 
Is your printer spewing gibberish? Could be malware

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Over the last few weeks, companies around the globe have been reporting that their print servers are emptying paper trays by printing endless pages of meaningless characters. Symantec now says malware may be to blame.
Read more at:
Is your printer spewing gibberish? Could be malware | Security & Privacy - CNET News


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22 Jun 2012   #2
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

Wow who would of thought lol never heard of malware malfunctioning the printer before
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22 Jun 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I think this malware gets into the printer program that is on your computer. My understanding is that malware can get into anything that is attached to your computer; wired or un-wired.
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23 Jun 2012   #4
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Oh yeah, there's even a vulnerability where someone could remotely access your printer & turn on the heating element, which could cause a fire. And, believe it or not, someone discovered a vulnerability to access an online coffee maker & turn it on (They make a coffee maker that hooks to your WiFi & you can remotely turn it on from someplace, like when you're heading home.)
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