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Thursday, December 1, 2011

HP douses fiery printer hack theory | News24

San Francisco - Hewlett Packard is refuting a report that cyber attackers could break into LaserJet printers over the internet and make them overheat enough to catch fire.

"There has been sensational and inaccurate reporting regarding a potential security vulnerability with some HP LaserJet printers," the California-based company said in a memo available online on Wednesday.

"Speculation regarding potential for devices to catch fire due to a firmware change is false," the memo asserted.

While a security flaw did exist making it possible to hack into the software of printers connected to the internet without firewall defences, "thermal breakers" built into the hardware cuts power if devices overheat, HP said

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HP douses fiery printer hack theory | News24

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