Hacking a Photocopier

Grandpa Richard is a techie, yet did not realize that most modern office photocopiers have a hard disk inside. Would you like to guess what is on that hard drive?

Yes, it has an operating system, since the photocopier is controlled by a small computer. It also has lots of information on its platters. Potentially confidential data. When you make a copy, the original is scanned and a file is created on that hard drive. Then the actual copies are created. Afterwards, the file on the hard drive is NOT erased or deleted.

I am surprised that the manufacturers do not supply a simple to use “clean up” mode, so that if a business sells a used copier they can easily reset the hard disk.

I am also sure that 99.9% of the businesses that do get rid of a copier do not realize their data is still on it.

If you have one of those fancy copiers that connects to a network, and your network is connected to the internet …

Yep! Hackers can come in from China or Russia or anywhere else in the world and get at that data.

Warning given. Now it’s up to you. For more details on this issue, visit the article that prompted me to post here.

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