Can hackers control your HP Printer remotely and set it on fire?

printer1 Can hackers control your HP Printer remotely and set it on fire?

Security researchers from Columbia University have alleged that HP is selling printers with a vital loophole that allows hackers with malicious intentions to control them.

MSNBC ran a detailed article on the allegations that hackers could remotely take over HP LaserJet Printers and set it on fire using a predefined set of instructions.

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Once taken over, sensitive personal information can be stolen, networks can be attacked and set on fire by executing a set commands designed to heat the printer up.

HP responded to MSNBC with a statement that it is evaluating the problem but contended that the claims by Columbia PhD student Ang Sui and Prof. Salvatore Stolfo are highly exaggerated.

The Prof-student duo claims that the printers are accepting software updates without verifying digital signatures and they are able to remote install malicious software onto it.

In a demonstration of the flaw, the researchers demostrated how by giving instructions, they could heat up the printer fuser of a hijacked computer, which is designed to dry the ink once it is applied to paper, ultimately causing it to burn and smoke. In the same demo, a thermal switch shut the printer down before a fire started. But the researchers expressed their apprehension that such things can easily cause real-world damage if not checked immediately.

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