HP laser printer hack raises concern, millions vulnerable

    Date30 Nov 2011
    Posted ByDave Wreski
    Researchers from Columbia University have demonstrated a security flaw found in, but perhaps not limited to, HP printers which can actually lead to fires. The exploit allows hackers to reprogram printers with custom firmware, giving the attacker full control of printer functions. As a result, the hacker can continually heat a laser printer's fuser until paper begins to burn, MSNBC reports. Update: HP has released an official statement debunking Msnbc's claim that printers can be set ablaze remotely, although smouldering paper appears to still be a possibility.
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