Ink Heavyweights HP Dampen Fire Fears

2011-12-01 10:48:53

Published on 2011-12-01 10:48:53

Hewlett Packard (HP), the well-renowned printer and ink cartridge manufacturer, has been forced to dampen fears that its printers could be set on fire remotely by hackers.

Researchers from Columbia University in New York have claimed that they had discovered a flaw in one of the company's older printers which caused it to overheat. However HP has moved quickly to deny the notion.

The company has stated that there is no chance that the printers could essentially be blown up by hackers, causing a danger to users of the printers.

In a statement, the company said: "There has been sensational and inaccurate reporting regarding a potential security vulnerability with some HP LaserJet printers.

"No customer has reported unauthorised access. Speculation regarding potential for devices to catch fire due to a firmware change is false."

It had been suggested that HP printers made before 2009 may have been targeted as they didn't verify firmware updates.

Posted by Fred Bugenhalgen.

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