CLOVER's JIM CERKLESKI WEIGHS IN ON TONER BOMB TO FOXNEWS

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CLOVER's JIM CERKLESKI WEIGHS IN ON TONER BOMB TO FOXNEWS

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    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/29/used-toner-cartridge-used-bombs-expert-says/
    CLOVER’s JIM CERKLESKI WEIGHS IN ON TONER BOMB TO FOXNEWS
    A
    used toner cartridge could easily be modified into a bomb, a printer
    expert told FoxNews.com, underscoring fears that a mysterious object
    discovered in an air cargo shipment making its way from Yemen to the
    U.S. was intended as a terrorist attack.

    Federal authorities
    shepherded airplanes into New York’s JFK and investigated suspicious
    packages on UPS planes at two U.S. airports in response to the discovery
    of suspicious packages found Thursday night in Dubai and England.One of
    the packages contained an object described as a clear cartridge with
    wires coming out, and authorities speculated that it could be a toner
    cartridge that had been manipulated. John Shane, an expert on all things
    printers, agreed.”I’m not sure that it’s any different for a toner
    cartridge than for any other product,” Shane, director of the
    communication supplies consulting service with market research firm
    InfoTrends, told FoxNews.com, noting that “you could take apart a
    notebook PC or you could take apart a can of coffee.”

    Anything
    could be used as the shell for a bomb, in other words. But toner
    cartridges are an interesting choice, since there’s an entire industry
    designed around remanufacturing them.”There’s an industry designed
    around taking apart toner cartridges and replacing the old toner with
    new toner,” Shane pointed out, meaning they’re easy to gain access to –
    even in Yemen, the reported source of the terror packages. “There’s a
    global trade in empty toner cartridges,” Shane told FoxNews.com.

    Jim
    Cerkleski, chief executive officer of Clover Technologies Group, the
    global leader in remanufacturing cartridges, said the circuit board seen
    in grainy images taken of the reported explosive device “looks nothing
    like anything inside a toner or ink cartridge … clearly looked like a
    remanufactured system.”He said it looked like a model originally made by
    Brother or HP.Shane wasn’t sure.”I can’t tell if it’s HP or Lexmark or
    Xerox or Brother — it looks like a regular office laser cartridge,” he
    said.

    Representatives from the major printer manufacturers —
    including Hewlett Packard, Canon, and Epson — declined to speculate on
    the device.As to reports that the cartridge contained a white powder
    rather than the black toner that would be expected, Shane said it was
    hard to say conclusively that it was evidence of a bomb. During the
    remanufacturing process, a white powder is sometimes introduced, he
    said.”There’s something called packing powder that’s used to make sure
    that it’s done properly.”Shane said that circuit boards similar to the
    one seen in the pictures of the device are quite common, even one as
    shabby as that seen here. During the printer remanufacturing process,
    Shane said, it’s not uncommon for a remanufacturer to replace the board
    with a third-party one to avoid copyright issues.”Original toner
    cartridges come with chips that help them do all kinds of things,” Shane
    said. “It’s not at all uncommon for there to be chips in toner
    cartridge.” Such chips, and the printed circuit boards holding them,
    talk to the printer, count pages, know when there’s a problem, and even
    detect when components are wearing down to adjust voltages to keep parts
    functioning properly.”Some remanufactured toner cartridges could easily
    have as crude a circuit board as that picture I saw,” Shane said.