HP Hit With Lawsuit Over Flaming-Printer Hack
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Vendors/Products Goldblatt is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit, filed Thursday against HP in California, claiming that the IT giant should have warned customers about the flaws ahead of time. In a nutshell, the flaw is a pretty bad one. HP LaserJet printers built before 2009 will accept remote firmware updates without properly checking where they come from. This means that — at least in theory — a hacker could cook up a malicious firmware update and upload it to a printer to make it stop working, spy on print jobs, or maybe even set the printer on fire by overworking the printer’s fuser — the part of the printer that dries ink on the paper.

HP says that it’s never heard of its printers being hacked by criminals and that its printers have “thermal breakers” that would prevent this kind of hacker inferno. But the company has acknowledged the underlying problem in a security alert.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to be paid out to HP LaserJet customers (InkJet printers can’t do the remote firmware upgrade).

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