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Faxploit: Hundreds of Printers Putting Businesses at Risk of Malware

Faxploit: Hundreds of Printers Putting Businesses at Risk of Malware

What's the big deal about business printers?  How can they possibly be a security vulnerability? Printers, along with every other piece of equipment that is on your network, require careful configuration and regular upkeep to ensure that they aren’t putting your data and users at risk.

Security researchers recently discovered two massive vulnerabilities in HP Officejet All-in-One printers that make it incredibly easy for hackers to spread malware and gain access to a company’s network. In Arizona, there are businesses without Phoenix network support that may not be aware of the threat or have the know-how to quickly protect against this vulnerability. Now is an excellent time to look for Phoenix IT companies who know how to secure your company against threats to your network.

 

What You Need to Know About Faxploit

 

Faxploit is a series of vulnerabilities found in all models of HP Officejet All-in-One printers that allows an attacker to hijack the printer using only a fax number. Once the attacker gains control of the printer, they can elevate privileges across the network and access data or spread malware, such as notorious threats like WannaCry, Cryptowall, and more. Phoenix IT companies like MyTek, as well as other IT companies across the county routinely get panic calls when ransomware like these infect network and demands payment.  Any device connected to a company's network can be a gateway for hackers, but it still comes as a nasty shock to many that a fax number, publicized on the company's website caused the problem.

It's hard to believe, but unfortunately true - if your company’s fax number is listed publicly and you have an HP Officejet All-in-One printer, your Phoenix IT network is at immediate risk. The vulnerabilities also apply to a massive list of other HP inkjet printers, including the HP Envy, HP Deskjet, HP DesignJet, HP PageWide Managed, HP PageWide Pro, HP Photosmart, HP AMP, HP Ink Tank, HP Smart Tank Wireless, and the aforementioned HP Officejet series.

 

Keep Your Business Safe with 30 Days of FREE Outsourced Phoenix Business IT Support

We genuinely care about helping your business succeed, and we put our money where our mouth is to prove it.   MyTek is so certain that we can help make your business more effective with robust security and comprehensive Phoenix IT network support that we offer the opportunity to try our services for 30 days at NO COST.  This includes consultation, onboarding, and servicing for 30 days at no cost.   Unlike other Phoenix IT companies, our business is built on our clients’ satisfaction, so we also don’t require contracts going forward.  We partner with you to make your business better.  Our Phoenix IT solutions will make sure you are protected 24/7. Interested?  E-mail or call us at  / 623-312-2444 to take advantage of our complimentary IT assessment and a 30-day trial of Phoenix network support that will amaze you!

 

We Strongly Recommended That Patches Are Applied

HP has released patches for these vulnerabilities and users are recommended to apply firmware updates. MyTek clients who have a managed services agreement covering their networks will receive these patches on an ongoing basis. If your business utilizes HP printers and you don’t have a managed IT service contract or you aren’t sure if updates are being proactively applied, we strongly encourage you to immediately reach out to us to have your printers evaluated.  Call us at 623-32-2444 right away!

It’s also likely that other devices on your network may be out of date, so fully auditing your entire network for outdated firmware and missing security patches is a good idea. It’s important to remember that everything can appear to be working fine, but without protection, the doors could be wide open for threats to sneak in. If this sounds like too much, keep in mind that 58% of businesses that are victims of malware are small businesses! Phoenix IT companies like MyTek stay vigilant for you to keep device security from slipping through the cracks of your organization and putting you at risk.

 

Phoenix IT Companies Like MyTek Can Protect You with Unified Threat Management

Security begins by locking the doors to the outside world with security patches, firewalls and passwords. But if someone breaks in, it’s critical to nip the attack in the bud before it can cause untold damage. This is where antivirus solutions come in. If a threat is detected on your network, it’s immediately captured and eliminated or quarantined, limiting the scope of its negative impact on your infrastructure, while minimizing the costs/negative impacts of a data breach. Paying for the solution and proactively protect your systems is much less expensive than shelling out countless dollars in the face of an attack.  A preventative antivirus solution is much more appealing than the other scenario. Virus protection is a part of a comprehensive Unified Threat Management strategy that protects your valuable business' data from online threats.  Antivirus is just one part of Phoenix network support that you can't afford to skip.   As  evidenced by hackers entering through harmless fax machines, IT security needs to be robust.

 

Try Phoenix IT Service Management by MyTek free for 30 days and Get Protected

Get Phoenix business network support for regular security patch protection and antivirus solutions by giving MyTek Network Solutions a call. E-mail or call us at  / 623-312-2444 to take advantage of our complimentary IT assessment and a 30-day trial of Phoenix network support.

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