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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

HP Inc customers in the US have asked a California court to sign off on a $1.5m settlement over a firmware update that bricked printers using third-party ink cartridges. Back in 2016, the print and PC business released an update that was programmed to disable cartridges made by third-party suppliers – after 13 September that …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Sep 2018
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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

Devon County Council has pointed the finger of blame at a "new IT printing system" for a letter littered with spelling mistakes that informed a father he was being fined for taking his son out of school in term time. penalty notice from Daniel Moore - used with permission. Do not reuse without his permission The letter Daniel …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2018
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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

HP Inc has posted an update to address a pair of serious security vulnerabilities in its InkJet printers. The firmware update patches CVE-2018-5924 and CVE-2018-5925, two flaws that can be exploited by printing a file that triggers a stack or static buffer overflow, giving you the ability to then execute malicious code on the …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Aug 2018
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HP Inc will be less Lesjak, Jack: CFO retires as PC'n'printer biz shifts more gear

HP Inc execs claimed on Tuesday they are staying ahead of the rest of the market with solid sales in both printers and PCs. The hardware giant revealed its financial figures for another healthy quarter, Q2 FY2018, although warned a small number of layoffs are coming amid its ongoing rejig of its workforce while confirming its …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2018
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HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

HP Inc’s Australian tentacle* will compensate Australian printer buyers for not disclosing that its products would not accept third-party ink supplies. In a piece of language of which George Orwell would be proud, HP Inc called its competition-crimping code the “Dynamic Security Feature”. The company didn’t disclose that the …

Bros, in these taxing times, PC culture has had a major effect on HP

Stronger than expected PC and printer sales, plus a tax windfall, gave HP Inc one of its best quarters in recent history, according to its latest financial figures. The company saw double digit growth in sales of PCs and printers in the three months to the end of January, and in all trading regions worldwide. Furthermore, CEO …
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2018

HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

On a day when Meg Whitman, CEO of its sibling HPE, announced her departure from the biz, HP Inc revealed its slow and steady progress in two tough markets. The printers and PCs half of the Hewlett-Packard split closed out a $52bn fiscal year that saw revenues climb by eight per cent on the previous 12 months. For the fourth …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Nov 2017
Cthulu emerges from a printer. Image created by illustrator Andy Davies. Copyright: The Register

Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

Updated Sysadmins have been advised to watch for a coming HP printer firmware update that will plug a remote code execution vulnerability (among others) in its MFP-586 and the M553 printers. News of the threat emerged from a Foxglove Security deep-dive into printer security that saw the researchers warn HP of problems in August. The …
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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

Updated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers. Reg readers let us know that, after installing this week's Patch Tuesday payload from Redmond, their Windows boxes no longer work with Epson's dot matrix printers (which are still …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2017
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Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

Updated Security researchers have said they've uncovered a new way for hackers to crash Brother printers. More specifically, they've put out an advisory saying a vulnerability in the web front-end of Brother printers (the Debut embedded http server) allows an attacker to launch a Denial of Service attack. The attack might be carried …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 2017
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Despite being totally Megless, HP Inc stands on its own two feet

HP Inc continues to thrive in the PC and printer markets to the tune of double-digit revenue growth. The personal compute side of the Hewlett Packard breakup soared past analyst estimates to report a solid Q3 for FY 2017, ended July 31: Revenues of $13.1bn were up 10 per cent from the year-ago quarter and well beyond analyst …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Aug 2017
Cthulu emerges from a printer. Image created by illustrator Andy Davies. Copyright: The Register

We don't want to alarm you, but PostScript makes your printer an attack vector

Take your printers off the Internet: a bunch of researchers from a German university have found a cross-site printing bug in the ancient PostScript language. If PostScript is the printer driver, the printer is vulnerable to what they call Cross-Site Printing attacks, documented in detail at Hacking Printers here. The bugs …
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Firmware freakout sends Epson Wi-Fi printers into reboot loop

Epson Wi-Fi-connected printers are repeatedly crashing due to what looks like a combination of a firmware update gone wrong and Google Cloud Print. Reg tipster Terry Bernstein says folks have found that their Epson WF‑3520 printers have been sent into a constant loop of shutting down and restarting over the past day. The …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Dec 2016
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Printer security is so bad HP Inc will sell you services to fix it

Printer security is so awful HP Inc is willing to shut off shiny features and throw its own dedicated bodies at the perennial problem. The tech giant is offering the professional security services under its new and far-harder-than-before "Secure Managed Print Services" offering unveiled today. Security types will also provide …
Team Register, 6 Dec 2016

HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull

HP Inc has delivered its first full year of financial results, and they aren't looking good. Profits fell 63 per cent, revenue was down 6 per cent, and its earnings per share were down over a quarter. It had been a difficult year, CEO Dion Weisler acknowledged during Tuesday's earnings call, but the company is now planning to …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016
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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

An engineer has shown how you can sneak a tiny cellphone base station into an innocuous office printer. The idea is the brainchild of New Zealand's Julian Oliver, who was inspired by the Stingray cellphone snooping technology now in widespread use by the cops and FBI. He was looking to see how such tech could be hidden and …
Iain Thomson, 2 Nov 2016
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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

A Dutch ink seller is accusing HP Inc of deliberately programming its printers to reject refurbished cartridges with a covert firmware update. 123inkt.nl claims that the PC and printer half of the HP split-up planned months ago to have its printers spontaneously spit out third-party and refurbished cartridges from September 13 …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2016
Man in tie smashes printer with baseball bat in a field.

Error: Print job 'Money' failed for laserjet001.lan.hp.com

HP Inc says it will move forward with its plans to cut costs and refocus its business as it posted better than expected quarterly numbers. For the three months to July 31, Q3 of its 2016 fiscal year, the printers and PCs half of the HP split reported: Revenues of $11.9bn were down four per cent on the year-ago total of $12. …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016

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