Watch out, there's a hacker about - in your printer?

HP printers hackers ag go

Hewlett-Packard has apparently warned users of some of its printers of a security vulnerability that could let hackers in.

Huh? Do you mean they could maliciously print out several test prints without the printer owner's permission?

It's a bit worse than that, says Sophos, reporting on the matter, as HP's toolbox software installed on the host PC for the LaserJet 2500 and 4600 printers "allows hackers to steal information from innocent users."

As a result of the hacking revelation, HP is urging all users of the affected printer software to upgrade to the latest version.

Commenting on the security flaw, Graham Cluley, Sophos' senior technology consultant (fx: curtsies, for it is he) said that a vulnerability like this opens the door for hackers to spy upon your sensitive information.

"Not protecting yourself against this problem is like leaving your front door open when you pop down the shops, and expecting to find that no-one has stolen your belongings," he said.

"Users who are running the affected software should upgrade as soon as possible, and everyone should make sure they are fully informed of the latest security notifications," he added...