Someone is hacking a receipt printer with an “anti-job” message

Someone is hacking a receipt printer with an "anti-job" message

The individual[s] behind the attack are using 25 separate servers, according to Morris, so blocking one IP won’t necessarily stop the attacks. “A technical person is broadcasting print requests for a document containing workers rights messaging to all printers that are misconfigured to be exposed to the internet, and we’ve confirmed that it is printing successfully in some number of places,” he said.

According to a Vice report and a Reddit post, hackers are attacking business receipt printers and pasting Prolabor messages. “Are you low-paying?” Said the message, “How can McDonald’s in Denmark pay employees $ 22 an hour and still sell Big Macs at a lower price than the United States?” Can you? ”
Many similar images have been posted on Reddit, Twitter and elsewhere. The message varies, but most direct readers to r / antiworksubreddit, which recently became popular during the COVID 19 pandemic where workers began to demand more rights.
Some users thought the news was fake, but a cybersecurity company monitoring the Internet told Vice that it was real. “Someone … is sending raw TCP data directly to the printer service over the Internet,” Gray Noise founder Andrew Morris told Vice. “Basically, all devices with port TCP 9100 open and print a packaged document pointing to / r / anti-work with a message against worker rights / capitalism.”

Printers and other internet-connected devices can be notoriously insecure. In 2018, a hacker hijacked 50,000 printers with a message telling people to subscribe to PewDiePie, of all the random things. The receipt printer hack, by contrast, has a much more focused set of targets and messages.

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