Does your IT support provider in Los Angeles keep up with the latest hacker news? While there’s plenty of news that can be written off as irrelevant, it's important for all technology companies to know about new weaknesses. A hacker named Stackoverflowin, for example, recently claimed to hack 150,000 vulnerable printers to send a message to businesses about weak machines that need better protection.
Understanding the Hacker's Message
You're lucky if a hacker is only trying to test your vulnerability without trying to steal information. Some hackers go unnoticed because they don't make statements to victims, whereas others may present themselves by using ransomware or some other type of infection that manifests from user interaction.
Stackoverflowin was able to penetrate various printers by using an original automated script. The hacker used his script to detect HP, Brother, Epson, and Canon printers, in which he gained access and commanded each one to print a hack warning to victims. He delivered text mixed with ASCII art. It opened with "Stackflowin the hacker god has returned."
The printout that varied among recipients went on to warn victims that their printers were part of a "flaming botnet" built on complex Break The Internet (BTI) infrastructure. The message was then followed by computer-generated pictures of a computer system characterized by dashes that made up images. Final words warned the victims to "please close this port" then asked for questions and gave a twitter URL.
How do you think would your IT support in Los Angeles have reacted to this scenario? Would they have taken action or just scratched their heads and related it to you like a funny story that had no punchline? You have to admit, the hacker probably had a good laugh putting down owners who still use weak, outdated equipment. Ideally, you don't have machines of any kind in your workplace.
Attacks Raise Awareness
The attack by Stackoverflowin was effective at getting many business people talking about equipment vulnerabilities. The hack, which targeted receipt and office printers, generated plenty of conversations on Twitter, Reddit, HP's help forum, and other sites. It helped elevate awareness that all electronic equipment, including printers, must use some type of security solution.
Every business manager needs to be more aware of equipment vulnerabilities, especially when it involves old fax machines or printers. Usually, the older a device is, the easier it is to hack. Keep that in mind if your business runs on a computer network that was set up last decade and hasn't evolved much. It's better to stay up to date on hardware and software or move to the cloud.
Always be prepared for any kind of attack, since experts are learning every day how any electronic system can be compromised and need protection. More sophisticated software is being created regularly, but at the same time, hackers are constantly learning how to crack new complex codes. Many hackers don't even know how to write codes--- they just use software downloaded from nefarious websites.
If your IT support in Los Angeles hasn't heard that hackers are getting savvier every year, protect your infrastructure by contacting us at DCG Technical Solutions. We can advise you on system security, as well as solutions that improve productivity and efficiency.