Cyber Criminals New Target on Older Fax Machine

Using an old fax machine in the office? Technology experts warn that cyber criminals may target old fax machines. To enter the backdoor or back road of any organization’s network, older fax machines are now cyber criminals favorite devices.

Israeli cyber security firm Check Point experts found the security error of the old fax machine. They told the error remain in the millions of fax machines around the world, which could make the road to the network for hackers. The Star Online reported this information.

Experts say cyber criminals send an image file via phone line to hack fax machines. Or send files that the device accepts as an image file.

The malicious software program is coded in the image file. When the picture is taken, the picture decodes and takes place in the fax or printer’s memory. Then the hackers get control of that device and spread the code to the whole network.

Checkpoint researcher Yaniv Balmas said that many companies are not aware of that the fax machine connected to the network. But the big office has fax facilities. Of these there are many old office fax machines, which cannot be updated. It is difficult for the organization to stop cyber criminals from entering into their system.

The researchers mainly focused on Hewlett Packard’s Officejet Pro the global market leader for fax machines, which is all-in-one fax and printers. HP quickly fixed the issue. They upload a patch on their support page. But the same laxities are present in most fax machines, including Canon and Epson.

Currently, around four crore fax machines are being used in the world. In addition to banking, health sector, legal institutions, which have very sensitive information, contact there through fax.

Experts say it is necessary to check whether the fax machine update is able to protect against cyber criminals. Keep fax device in secure network. The network that has sensitive information, it is better to put the fax machine on the network.

So, which device could be less threatening of cyber criminals attack? Cyber Criminals are around us. They always find an opportunity to hack your sensitive information. Be aware of them.

Source: The Daily Mail

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