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Hackers are Attacking Open Printers With Cool ASCII Memes in the Name of Better Cybersecurity

The cyber is important, and if we’re going to defend our most important assets, it’s gotta start with the cyber. We’ve gotta do it.

But if you ask the hacker “stackoverflowin,” a prime component that needs protection is the printer port 9100, which is currently and totally open for external connections. Thousands of printers, apparently, are open to attack. So stackoverlfowin is showing how easy it is to hack by sending these cool ASC-II pictures, andhas hit over 150,000 printers with one piece of malicious software. 

Still, these ASCII designs are cool and stackoverflowin's victims have been sharing the pictures on Twitter. Hopefully, they’re also closing up those ports too.

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PSA: If you've shopped at Target recently, you should probably do one of two things (or both):

1) Watch your credit card transaction history very closely for a while.
2) Just cancel any recently used credit cards and get new ones.