I got an e-mail from "Hewlett Packard" telling me there's a security
breach in my printer's firmware and inviting me to dowload an update.
I doesnt look quite right.
"Zz Yzx" rhymes with "physics"; or " Isaacs" if you prefer.
No, but I would never click on such a thing. Hover (but don't click!) your
mouse over the link and (assuming you have a relatively smart email client) you
should see the URL of the actual address being displayed. Chances are it's not
going to point to "http://www.hp.com /" or any other valid HP domain name.
Delete the email, then manually go to the support section of www.hp.com and
search for your printer to see if they have a firmware update. That would be
the only place I'd ever download such an animal.
Free bad advice available here.
To reply, eat the taco.
Why would HP have your e-mail address? Did they promise to send you
product updates? (These are retorical questions, no need to answer
If it's suspicious, don't trust it. If you think your printer might be
affected by the security "breach" (the usual word is vulnerability or
issue), go directly to the manufacturer's site and look for the
You know... I'm not even sure if they call themselves "Hewlett-Packard"
any longer... It might just be HP.
On 04 Apr 2012 01:16:50 GMT, Puckdropper
Since I registered a product on line, they have my email address. It
is a legitimate update.
I have a network printer accessible over the wi-fi so I did take
advantage of the update. Connected to a PC, I'm not sure how it would
be a security risk.
There are recent security issues with HP printers. Some of them auto-update
firmware, and this can be spoofed. And since they are a computer, and
some have a web server built in, they can be used as a launching point
to attack other computers on a LAN.
There's also was a talk where there were claims a printer could start a
fire by overpowering the fuser element in a laser printer. In reality
the researchers were able to singe a page, but no real flames.
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