Hacker briefly hijacks insecure printers

By The News Desk|7 February 2017

A hacker this week briefly hijacked more than 150,000 printers made by most major manufacturers which had been accidentally left accessible via the internet, from large office printers to tiny receipt devices in restaurants.

The hacker used a Twitter handle @Stackoverflowin, and scoured the internet for printers that didn't have basic security controls switched on, forcing them to print the message: "For the love of God, please close this port, skid".

The hacker said he did not intend to abuse the access he had gained to the printers, he was "about helping people to fix their problem".

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