Printer Virus on the Loose, Good Day For Paper Companies, Bad Day For Trees

By Jacob Lewis on at

A computer virus that sends garbled code to your printer queue is affecting homes and offices worldwide. The virus wastes loads of ink and paper printing out crap in a year when Kodak went bust and HP's printer business is 'facing challenges'. Hmm, suspicious...

The security firm Symatec told the BBC, "the garbled printouts appear to be a side effect of the infection vector rather an intentional goal of the author." But then again that's just what a struggling printer and paper company would want us to think. Very sneaky.

We're all used to virus' as a software issue, but when mechanical office objects turn against us it all gets a bit freaky; next thing you know the hackers will be able to slap you round the face with your mouse. [Symantec via BBC]

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