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All-in-one printers can be used to control infected air-gapped systems from far away

2014/10/16

IDG News Service - (International) A cryptographer and two researchers from Ben-Gurion University presenting at the Black Hat Europe conference October 16 demonstrated how an all-in-one printer could be used to issue commands to infected systems on an air-gapped network by shining infrared or visible light at the scanner lid when open, issuing commands to malware already planted on the system via USB drive or other method. The researchers were able to successfully test the method at a target printer inside a building at 200, 900, and 1,200 meters and stated that a more powerful laser could produce reliable results from up to 5 kilometers.

Source: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2834973/allinone-printers-can-be-used-to-control-infected-airgapped-systems-from-far-away.html

Note: This news synopsis is taken from the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, a daily [Monday through Friday, except US Federal holidays] summary of open-source published information concerning significant critical infrastructure issues; a 10-day archive of the DOSIR can be found at: http://www.dhs.gov/dhs-daily-open-source-infrastructure-report.


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