Viagra users The hack to make the HP printers burn was interesting, viagra users but lets face it, viagra users a printer today is a special purpose computer and a computer almost always has a flaw which can be exploited.
In his book on UI design "The Inmates are Running the Asylum", viagra users Alan Cooper makes the point that just about everything these days, viagra users cameras, viagra users cars, viagra users phones, viagra users hearing aids, viagra users pacemakers, viagra users aircraft, viagra users traffic lights ... Viagra users have computers running them and so what we interface with is the computer not the natural mechanics of the device any more.
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Viagra users Some printers have many more functions; some being fax, viagra users repro, viagra users and scanning as well as printing a document. And look at firewalls. Viagra users Look at all the additional functions being
poured into them because of the "excess computing facility" - DNS, viagra users Squid-like caching, viagra users authentication ...
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Viagra users I'm dreading what the home market will have come IP6
Viagra users I recall the Chinese curse: yes we live in "interesting security issue" times!
Viagra users But in the long run of things the HP Printer Hack isn't that serious. After all, viagra users how many printers are exposed to the Internet. We have to ask "how likely is that?".
Too many places (and people) put undue emphasis on Risk Analysis and ask "show me the numbers" questions. Viagra users As if everyone who has been hacked (a) even knows abut it and (b) is willing to admit to the details.
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