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"It’s designed to serve unwanted advertisements on victims’ computers. But in the past two weeks, it has been doing something unexpected — forcing infected computers to print out endless streams of gibberish, for no apparent reason. The print jobs go until the paper runs out, a “printer bomb” that Symantec describes in a new blog post. Perhaps most interesting is that the printer freak-out is likely an unintended side effect, a mistake of programming rather than the attackers’ original intent, according to Symantec. Such a goof is the equivalent of having a marching-band welcome to announce its presence on victims’ computers, in what’s supposed to be a stealthy attack." (via Bloomberg)

"It’s designed to serve unwanted advertisements on victims’ computers. But in the past two weeks, it has been doing something unexpected — forcing infected computers to print out endless streams of gibberish, for no apparent reason. The print jobs go until the paper runs out, a “printer bomb” that Symantec describes in a new blog post. Perhaps most interesting is that the printer freak-out is likely an unintended side effect, a mistake of programming rather than the attackers’ original intent, according to Symantec. Such a goof is the equivalent of having a marching-band welcome to announce its presence on victims’ computers, in what’s supposed to be a stealthy attack." (via Bloomberg)

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