During my many years of covering technology I’ve seen all sorts of horror stories when it comes to the fallout of malware, but this one left me scratching my head. Malware authors usually set out with the goal of stealing private information, enslaving your machine, or perhaps forcing you to click popups, but printing hundreds of pages of junk? “Trojan.Millicenso” as it is known among security researchers has hit thousands of office printers around the world, and has destroyed countless reams of paper.
Symantec claims the virus penetrates company networks using good old-fashioned email attachments, compromised websites, or even posing as a fake video codec. Once it’s open however, it instantly re-directs users to pages full of ads, and fills the print queue with a never ending batches of printer jobs that spit out nothing but gibberish.
Its unfortunate to see malware maturing into a tool can cause real world damage on this scale, but I suppose it was only a matter of time.