Hackers find vulnerabilities in fax machines connected to office networks
Researchers have recently discovered vulnerabilities in all-in-one fax/copy/print machines that enable hackers to enter corporate networks by gaining control of the machines. The researches entered a network with just a fax number and a phone line, sending malware through the machine and into the corporate space.
Once the machines are infiltrated, they can be used to send any data they can find on the network back to an attacker. This could include anything from personal details to detailed financial information. The researchers who undertook the attack have called for their results to be a wake-up call in the business environment. Despite faxing being technologically redundant, many organisations have kept hold of all-in-one machines for their printing and copying capabilities.
This is also relevant since the revelation last month revealed that the NHS still owns and uses almost 9,000 fax machines. This has highlighted a widespread use of fax machines across the public sector – and indicates a potential mass vulnerability to data attacks.
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