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Printers were the most vulnerable devices in the field of "Internet of things"

Printers were the most vulnerable devices in the field of "Internet of things"

by sigismund » 2016-09-08 22:21:14


Many modern printers that support the printing Protocol over the Internet, offer shared access to files.


Routers no longer are the most vulnerable devices on the Internet, yielding the palm to the printer, according to the company BitDefender researcher Bogdan Botezatu (Bogdan Botezatu).
"We get a huge amount of telemetry data in our laboratory. The router is not the worst device on the Internet. Now this printer", - quotes the edition of The Register word of an expert.

This is quite a big statement, considering that lately there were many reports of vulnerabilities in routers of a particular manufacturer. For example, in late August of this year in the router production to a Chinese company BHU were discovered multiple vulnerabilities that allow attackers to carry out various actions. In particular, to circumvent the authentication mechanism to view the system log, to intercept traffic to inject a backdoor and even execute commands with root privileges.

According to the researcher, many of today's printers that support the printing Protocol over the Internet, offer shared access to files. While a significant number of users do not consider it necessary to change factory settings and to disable this option. Accordingly, the attacker will not be difficult to access important and sensitive documents.

Previously, researchers from new York University have warned that Internet-connected 3D printers can be used not only for creating three-dimensional objects, but for industrial espionage. For example, criminals can remotely gain control over the device and make changes to the production process.
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