Printers: The New Hackers’ Instrument of Havoc?

According to recent research, there are many common office devices that are major hacking targets. In the past decade, printers have become more high-tech with Web, email, and WiFi capabilities, without the security to protect them from unwanted attacks. According to the Technology Review,

Simple configuration issues often make printers vulnerable in this way. For example, many manufacturers do not force users to set a new password to access their device. That means many printers have default passwords that can easily be found in manuals posted online. In addition, printers that can be accessed via a Web browser often run insecure Web server software, allowing a knowledgeable attacker to find usernames and passwords.

The result of this easy passage means that a vulnerable printer is the key into your computer network for a hacker – making it easy to steal files and gain access to your servers and other devices at the drop of a pin. The ultimate risk? Today, we are to the point when printers are fully integrated into the business environment, which is what makes them a premium target for cybercriminals.

This computer network security topic will be featured at the Shmoocon Hacking Conference in Washington, D.C. Deral Heiland, one of the speakers, is an independent security consultant who is experienced in testing the security of computer networks (also called “penetration testing”).