“Gibberish” Malware Striking Printers Around The World

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essjay22

Finally a name for this plague. Just 2 weeks ago this virii hit the West Seneca School district sending gibberish to every printer in the entire District. 10 buildings plus admin. Yeah sounds funny until you remember that ALL schools are underfunded , have NO budget and things like paper are purchased once and that's it . There is a printing moratorium on anything not critically essential to the classroom. This bug hurt..

PS, in this day and age?? NOT doing a full image weekly backup is inexcusably lazy.

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sundropdrinker3

Schools really aren't under-funded, they just spend their funds unwisely. $10 million dollars for a high school football field is more than just a tad outrageous.

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NavarWynn

Luckily (at least in a corporate environment), the company can easily track down which terminal sent the 'gibberish', and punish the employee for a) wasting time (surfing), b) costing the company money (paper and toner), and c) costing the company more money (IT guys aren't free!)...

... IMO, this isn't the fault of nefarious hackers, but of lazy goof off employees... They all deserve to get fired for their time wasting, money costing, resource gobbling antics too!

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sundropdrinker3

Wow, what a totally uninformed post you made. There could be a number of reasons that someone went to that site. One reason is that it is a normal site they go to for work, and they got it from there. Also, the article said email attachments were the big one. And don't forget the bogus video codecs. Think before you blame people on situations that you know nothing about.

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ApathyCurve

Maybe it was written by confused eco-terrorists?

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livebriand

Damn... It sounds like this only infects the PC itself though, and uses that to send junk to the printer, right? (in that case, an OS reinstall will fix things)

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mattman059

"OS reinstall will fix things"

--yes because naturally thats the ONLY way to fix things...btw do you work for geeksquad?

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winmaster

No he doesn't work for Geek Squad; he never said it needs a new hard drive (or complete replacement).

Also, he never said it was the only way to fix it, he just said it would fix it.

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livebriand

Exactly. Personally, I don't entirely trust AV software to get rid of malware on my PC, so I do a reinstall if needed. (though I haven't gotten infected in a long time)

My point is that this isn't infecting the printer itself via firmware (which could be a mess to fix), right?

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Neufeldt2002

"yes because naturally thats the ONLY way to fix things"

It may not be the only way to fix things, but sometimes it is the best way. I'm not saying in this particular case, but if the user is visiting sites that has given them malware, even just this one, depending on what they do for a living a reinstall may be the better option as you may not know what else is on the PC that has been compromised.

Personally I don't trust any machine that has had a virus or any malware. Yes, you can spend hours scouring your machine or with smart backups one can be back up and running in less than a hour, sometimes even less.

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praetor_alpha

Not necessarily. Could just be a Windows user.

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BryceBooth

Today, Hothardware reports that Apple has made changes in regards to OS X's perceived invincibility. It's become all too obvious now that this malware was targeted towards Mac users in general, after all, it's been said that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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mattman059

"PC Load Letter" ? WTF does that mean?

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themohawkadmin

That's what older HP LaserJet printers display when they're out of paper.

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p47riot

He's quoting Michael Bolton. Classic line...

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Sorian

I have seen a corrupt printer driver spit out gibberish for only the text on anything printed. I guess the way you can tell if it is the malware is the redirect to ads.

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lunchbox73

This. Happens more often than I would like with HP drivers.

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John Pombrio

Yeah, and I worked for HP. I fondly remember someone queuing up a print job at night and finding two or three reams of paper with a couple line of gibberish on each sheet in the morning. I am sure that accounts for a lot more paper than this malware.

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