This Week in Imaging: Color Laser Printer Likely Led to NSA Arrest; Lexmark Goes Big; More

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This week, printer security – as well as the lack of it – was again in the news, with our story, How a Xerox DocuColor Printer Led to an NSA Contractor’s Arrest, showing how tiny innocuous-seeming printed yellow dots led to an alleged NSA leaker’s arrest, and on the other hand, how not securing printers’ behind a network firewall most likely led to some (fortunately harmless) bomb threats.

While we can rest assured that the NSA deploys firewalls and security protocols, especially when it comes to printers, on the other hand, lackadaisical printer-security measures most likely resulted in hackers accessing non-secure printers and issuing ransom demands and bomb threats at several U.S. universities.

According to Zachary N. J. Peterson, an associate professor of computer science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo,those universities probably didn’t deploy their printers outside of their networks’ firewall in order to make it easier for students to print to them from off campus.

Not installing network printers behind a firewall is negligent and dangerous, and making it easier to print is not a suitable excuse. If anything it sounds to us like providers of print-for-pay solutions could use a standardized method for secure remote access to printers that is easy to manage and implement for use with this widespread application.

Popular providers of said solutions such as Nuance, Pharos, PrinterOn and ITC Systems are highly capable and experienced. Nevertheless, it sounds as if these universities have some work ahead of them.

On the plus side, these in-the-news printer hacks should likely continue to put the pressure on IT to treat printers and copier/MFPs with the same security measures that they deploy with PCs.

Office-Imaging News

Lexmark ‘Goes Beyond’ with New A3 Color Printers, MFPs with Fastest-Ever Print and Scan Speeds – Read more here.

Printers Hacked to Send Ransomware Bomb Threats to U.S. Universities – Read more here.

How a Xerox DocuColor Printer Led to an NSA Contractor’s Arrest – Read more here.

Ricoh Adds New ‘ex’ Mid-Volume A3 Color MFPs, MP C4504ex, MP C6004ex – Read more here.

Buy Toner Cartridges from Cartridge World and Receive Free Printers and Service – Read more here.

Sharp Expands MFP Lineup with New High-Volume A3 Color MFPs, MX-6580N and MX-7580N – Read more here.

Konica Minolta Introduces MyKMBS Mobile App for Remote MFP Management – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

New OKI Pro8432WT Textile-Transfer Printer with White-Toner Printing – Read more here.


Ninestar Said to be Selling Lexmark’s Kofax Division – Read more here.

Xerox’s Largest U.K. MPS Provider Acquires HP MPS Provider Landscape – Read more here.

Other News

CompTIA Certmaster Introduces New Course On Latest Cybersecurity Certification –  Read more here.

Toshiba Determined to Sell Memory-Chip Business Despite Hurdles –  Read more here.

HP Inc. Issues Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement – Read more here.

Office Depot to Sell Business in China as it Focuses on North American Operations – Read more here.

Donnellon McCarthy Enterprises Wins Toshiba’s Dealer of the Year Award – Read more here.

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