Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Silver Lounger CaDesertRat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Mojave Desert CA
    Posts
    2,371
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked 274 Times in 225 Posts

    New online service will hack printers to spew out spam

    Is there no end to this kind of crap?
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-on...59341748746160

    After a Twitter user hacked over 50,000 printers last week to promote PewDiePie's YouTube channel as part of a guerilla marketing campaign, a new service has spawned over the weekend advertising the same type of functionality, but for everyone.

    Going under the generic term of "Printer Advertising," this new service claims it can hack printers all over the world to print out messages on demand, similar to the PewDiePie promo hack that took place over the weekend.

    "We have the ability to reach every single printer in the world," claims a website launched on Sunday. "Reservations are limited."

  2. #2
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    10,161
    Thanks
    450
    Thanked 1,655 Times in 1,488 Posts
    Lumpy,

    Unless I miss my guess if your printer is behind a NAT (network address translation) Router and using one of the Non-routeable (192.168... or 10.10...) base addresses you have nothing to worry about. Of course this is based on my limited understanding of networking.

    HTH
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG
    (still RetiredGeek on AskWoody.com)

    PowerShell & VBA Rule!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs

  3. #3
    Silver Lounger CaDesertRat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Mojave Desert CA
    Posts
    2,371
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked 274 Times in 225 Posts
    RG,
    According to the article, they "claim" to be able to reach "any" printer in the world.

  4. #4
    WS Lounge VIP Lugh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Indy
    Posts
    1,550
    Thanks
    347
    Thanked 281 Times in 234 Posts
    Lumpy, advertisers and marketers are in the business of deception and manipulation at the best of times.

    Add in that this shower are criminals promoting a criminal activity, and it's a safe bet that any relationship between their promo copy and the truth or reality is purely accidental.

    Those are the times we live in.

    I read elsewhere that the Twitter user who did the PewDiePie hack was able to find 800,000 vulnerable printers, and got all the necessary scripts & info online in about half an hour.
    Lugh.
    ~
    Dell Alienware Aurora R6; Win10 Home x64 1803; Office 365 x32
    i7-7700; GeForce GTX 1060; 16GB DDR4 2400; 2 x 256G SSD, 4TB HD

  5. #5
    Silver Lounger CaDesertRat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Mojave Desert CA
    Posts
    2,371
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked 274 Times in 225 Posts
    advertisers and marketers are in the business of deception and manipulation at the best of times
    Exactly, except you forgot "intrusion".

  6. #6
    4 Star Lounger CEScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Maryland, USA
    Posts
    475
    Thanks
    31
    Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
    They won't reach mine. I don't use my printer much so I keep it turned off. When I do use it I also have to plug the data cord into a USB port (no WiFi on this printer). I usually save things such as .pdf files, etc. and print them out later when I'm disconnected from the WEB (yes, I turn my DSL modem off when I have no reason to be online).

  7. #7
    WS Lounge VIP mrjimphelps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4,013
    Thanks
    535
    Thanked 485 Times in 451 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    RG,
    According to the article, they "claim" to be able to reach "any" printer in the world.
    I believe that they assume that just about ever printer is reachable from the internet these days, and so when they say "any", I always take it to mean any internet-connected printer.

    Same thing with phones. It is assumed that just about everybody who is anybody has a smart phone, so they talk about accessing something with your phone as if everyone has a smart phone.

  8. #8
    4 Star Lounger CEScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Maryland, USA
    Posts
    475
    Thanks
    31
    Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
    There are tons of "apps" for just about everything imaginable, but not for your computer. They only make "apps" (which I assume is short for applications) for smartphones. I've got a "old fashioned" flip phone that I bought for convenience and emergencies, and it's a phone first and foremost, and I don't expect to print anything from it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •