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Printers, routers used as bots in DDoS attacks

Jaikumar Vijayan | May 2, 2013
Printers, routers, IP cameras, sensors and other Internet-connected devices are increasingly used to launch large distributed denial of service attacks, security firm Prolexic warned in a report this week.

The Prolexic report is the second in recent days to highlight the security dangers posted to organizations from legacy technologies. Earlier this month security firm Rapid7 released a report on how thousands of older systems, including those used to manage critical industrial control equipment, traffic lights, fuel pumps, retail point-of-sale terminals and building automation, are vulnerable to tampering because they're insecurely connected to the Internet via terminal servers.


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