*NEWS*SECURITY IN THE COPY ROOM/2004-08-21

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*NEWS*SECURITY IN THE COPY ROOM/2004-08-21

 Anonymous 2013-06-21 at 10:28:37 am Views: 134
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    Security vulnerabilities in the copy room

    It wasn't long ago when the biggest security issue in the photocopier industry was how to keep randy employees from scanning body parts. But times have changed. A new generation of jazzed-up office copiers can scan documents, send faxes or e-mail, and store reams of document images. The New networked machines are akin to modern desktop computers and servers, which makes them more vulnerable to predatory hackers.

    Security vulnerabilities in advanced copiers (known within the industry either as multifunction printers or multifunction devices) are as old as the systems themselves, says Larry Kovnat, a systems security program manager at Xerox. Among other things, malicious hackers or company insiders have found ways to manipulate technology such as the PostScript scripting language (used by many multifunction devices) and have written exploits that let them take control of the devices, he says.

    * Post was edited: 2004-08-21 10:41:00