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Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers

Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

Source: http://port3000.co.u...f-publicly-acce

I didn't think this was a thing, but I'm not surprised. I'm also not surprised that tons of them are made by HP. Who seriously gives their printer its own public IP address instead of a 10.X.X.X or a 192.168.X.X? I know tons of you lurkers are going to try printing to all these machines, so please don't >.>

I think I remember a similar thing only with airport cameras (that might have even been our own Martyr in one of his blog posts a long while back). It makes you wonder what other sort of devices you can search for online and control.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:21 PM

Honestly, I don't think I really paid that much attention when I set up my parents printer. There was just a little wizard that walked though it; anyone could use it. I have no clue weather it's setup with it's own public IP or weather it is on a private network. I wonder if the setup wizards played a part in this. no one would knowingly let anyone access there printer, right?

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:25 AM

What completely perplexes me and i recall it from ads on TV a year or two ago is the logic behind printing over the web. In all honesty i cannot for the life of me see a reason for it? I think it was a HP add regarding printing images over the net, i mean honestly why print something when you're not there to pick it up?

Print a document over the web to read when you get home ? How about just linking or emailing the file home? I seriously cannot see the point of printing over the web. Is anything that pressing ? I mean seriously if your within a big corporation then a VPN or something along those lines will keep printers networked together :/

PS i printed a file telling whoever it is to get the printer off the www and smarten up.
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Re: Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

Woah, I watched this documentary yesterday and find this thread today :o

In the short foc, it talks about HP printers connected to the internet. Pretty much acting like a web server.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:04 AM

I wrote a Ruby script that uploads a .pdf with the words ia ia cthulhu fhtagn written in red of varying font faces and sizes over and over again. :P
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

I think there is far too much printing being done, period. Most (almost all) of that paper and ink is just wasted. If you have a computer, cell phone, or tablet then printing to a pdf is not only more economical and environmentally friendly, but it's easier and more portable too.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

Just fax this print to *** number deleted *** to claim your free T-Shirt.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

One of the highschools I attended had that. Was pretty fun because kids would print out the most obscene things and threats on teachers they didn't like.

One day as I sat in English pron started printing out. Pretty funny stuff.
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Re: Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

Or send them
a book of totally black pages
or
the complete RGB color cube in discrete slice.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

Or even better, print out blank pages every now and then. The printers are haunted :bananaman:
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Re: Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers

Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

View Postishkabible, on 25 January 2013 - 11:21 PM, said:

...I wonder if the setup wizards played a part in this...


Kind of like all the generous free "linksys" WiFi hotspots you find scattered around neighborhoods?

..Which sometimes even let you access their normally LAN-only printers?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

View PostSergio Tapia, on 26 January 2013 - 10:04 AM, said:

I wrote a Ruby script that uploads a .pdf with the words ia ia cthulhu fhtagn written in red of varying font faces and sizes over and over again. :P/>

haha that made my day
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Re: Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

I think "this page left intentionally blank" would have been a better one.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

View PostTicon, on 26 January 2013 - 07:21 PM, said:

One day as I sat in English pron started printing out. Pretty funny stuff.


This happened to me once. Dormmate got access to the contraband wifi my roommate had set-up in our room, with the printer directly wired into it.

He printed so much pron I had to buy a new ream of paper + new ink. :hammer: Adding insult to injury, the tray was not stretched out, so all the printings spilled all over the dorm floor. Quite the surprise coming back from class.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

Why does anyone keep their printer working when they aren't using it? =/
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