HP has robustly denied claims in the media that some printers can be remotely manipulated by hackers so that they catch fire. The claims appeared earlier this week following tests by security researchers.
Describing the claims as “sensational and inaccurate”, HP said that there is no evidence that hackers have, or could, carry out such a feat. The company insisted that its printers contain a ‘thermal breaker’ that would prevent a fire, and that such a device is common in almost all printers from major companies.
Independent researchers say that the main threat to the printer industry in general remains malware that could potentially be used to gather information and relay it remotely to hackers. Most computer virus software focuses on computers themselves and does not protect printers and other peripheral devices.