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The Printers Are Becoming Self-Aware

This Sunday, printers spontaneously started printing mysterious symbols. Does that mean the printer uprising is upon us? It's entirely possible.

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The best guess, made by a Hacker News commenter, didn't really suggest malicious activity. He proposed that a loose port scanner had stumbled onto the printer's JetDirect port, and the mysterious string of characters was just the scanner's automatic network query. A security flaw, for sure, but nothing to call the feds about.

But be careful when you're loading toner, just in case.

Contact Russell Brandom at russell.brandom@gmail.com.

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