You're rightfully worried about hackers spying on you, stealing from you and otherwise wrecking your computer with nasty malware. It happens all the time. But what about your printer?
Most people don't think about what a hacker could do with access to their printer, but the truth is pretty frightening. The possibilities range from the annoying (printing prank messages) to the costly (burning through your entire supply of ink and paper) to the terrifying (spying on and copying every important document you print.) Your printer could even be a gateway into your network.
So what are manufacturers doing to combat the threat of hacking? Unfortunately, not enough. Most printers remain vulnerable to hacking attacks, and one model has recently been proven to be wide open to a variety of malware.
At this year's 44CON Information Security Conference in London, a hacker named Michael Jordon showed how he broke into a Canon Pixma MG6450 printer. He wanted to demonstrate how he could gain total control over the printer, and he had a mad, brilliant way of doing it.