80,000 printers are exposing their IPP port online

For years, security researchers have warned that every device left exposed online without being protected by a firewall is an attack surface.

Hackers can deploy exploits to forcibly take control over the device, or they can just connect to the exposed port if no authentication is required.

Devices hacked this way are often enslaved in malware botnets, or they serve as initial footholds and backdoors into larger corporate networks (Russian hackers already use this technique).

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Source: ZDNet