Is Your Printer A Security Risk

Small Business Computing writes There’s an old adage that goes: On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog. This has been rendered in terms of the dating pool, products being sold and any number of other things. In no case is it truer than in the hacker’s mind.
You see, the average hacker is only looking for a place from which to launch attacks, store warez (pirated software) and play games. It doesn’t matter to them if you see an IP address and think networked printer. They see ram and disk space. They don’t care if it’s a printer or a garage door opener. If it’s running Windows, it’s definitely fresh meat. It only gets better when it’s your grandmother’s Windows 98 machine that she leaves online over her dialup modem every night when she falls asleep in front of CSI:Sheboygan. (I know you’ve always wondered why her phone was busy at the oddest times.)
In the last several months, I’ve seen several different types of appliances compromised. I have been asked to evaluate the security aspects of some Internet-capable devices and to help devise solutions to their security issues.