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Machines are rising?

By Netfox ยท 17 replies
Dec 3, 2018
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  1. Few days ago 50,000 people experienced a little shock. Their printers went crazy and started to print on their own. As turned out later it was a promotion of a popular YouTube blogger PewDiePie which has the biggest number of subscribers on YouTube.
    What are your thoughts on it? How can we protect ourselves to avoid such cases of hacking? Does printers have some kind of passwords or something?
    As for me I'll go crazy if something like that will happen to me XD
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,559   +1,441

    The issue is attachment and sharing.

    When attached directly to a PC w/o other users, it's very secure. When Shared, it will depend upon your Share settings & your firewall.

    For a networked printer (ie: attached to your router or wifi), you need to block all access from the Internet on your router
     
  3. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10

    Well, I am sure that not using internet, PC, wifi and any tech device only can bring you safety.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,559   +1,441

    Remote printer access is achieved via TCP ports 515 & 1900.

    TCP Port 9100 is commonly used by printer manufacturers to provide a raw TCP port for data. Traditionally, printing over TCP/IP has been achieved using LPR (Line Printer remote) which operates on TCP Port 515 and uses particular commands according to the protocol. Port 9100 implementations on the other hand do not use commands and just provides a raw data stream which is sent to the printer.

    Set your Firewall to Public will stop all such access, or if you must retain Private, then
    Deny these ports from ANY IP address but also Allow from your Lan subnet
     
  5. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 87   +8

    Yes, but we don't live in a stone era. If you have a job most likely you have to use computer and internet. Moreover we're addicted to social networks or messengers at least. Even not using them if you have a mobile phone it means that google already have a lot of information about you.. It's sad..
     
  6. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10

    Most Indians people don't have even TV, so they are in safety from all the network stuff.
     
  7. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 87   +8

    That's true, but there are still many of those who use internet and I'm speaking about them. All of us are somehow connected to it and when you enter the internet once it means google already has information about you :)
     
  8. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10

    Well, there are ways to protect information leaks.
    Just use proxy and VPN.
     
  9. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 87   +8

    Do you really think it will save your info? haha.. Childish beliefs.
    You will still enter your information on different websites and it will be collected by big corporations.
     
  10. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10

    I don't buy drugs or watch porn, I have nothing to be stolen and used.
     
  11. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 87   +8

    It's not about something that may compromise you, it's about your personal info that should remain a personal one.
    Even by stealing your email the one can get the access to your credit card info for example. It sounds fantastic, but following your steps on the web can lead to bad things. And there's no VPN that can hide you from that.
     
  12. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10


    Well, you are right.
    Have you seen this news https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46674706?
    This is completely ridiculous way for hackers to trace all the data and real time activity.
     
  13. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 87   +8

    Haha.. You can be boiled in your hot tube, right? :)
    Sounds creepy. We should be careful using all these things that can be controlled through the Wi-Fi remotes. The only thing I like is to switch TV in metro using the remote on my phone XD
     
  14. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10

    I don't watch TV at all and trying to be a good man, who will not attract those killers.
     
  15. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 87   +8

    I don't really care if you watch TV or not. I was talking about another thing. Even having mobile phone means you're tracked and listened to all the time. TV is the most safest thing now, I think :)
     
  16. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10

    Haha, bro. That's funny!
    TV is not safe you know I mean the quantity of crappy content.
    At least it force people to get scary of those bad news and occurs happening every day in the world.
    You can't really protect yourself from machines.
     
  17. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 87   +8

    The main goal of human nation currently is to prevent machines to control over the world.
    Can you imagine effects?
     
  18. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +10

    Everything is affecting, bro.
    I think we can hardly avoid tech revolution.
    It's better to find potential in it.
     

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