Printers: A Hidden Security ThreatBy Ryan Naraine | Posted 2008-02-13 Email Print
Modernizing Authentication — What It Takes to Transform Secure Access
Networked multifunction printers can introduce significant risk to your business. Are you paying attention?
That networked multifunction printer sitting innocently in the corner of
your office just might be the most significant entry point for hackers to
hijack sensitive data from your business.
Even worse, security researchers warn, they are a forgotten risk in every enterprise, featuring hardware that combines several functions in a single unit—fax, copier, printer and scanner.
"A compromised [multifunction printer] is dangerous for a number of reasons. First and foremost, no one in the enterprise pays attention to them. That lack of visibility makes for a very attractive attack platform," said Brendan O'Connor, a researcher who was among the first to call attention to the printer security risk during a Black Hat talk in 2006.
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