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Embedded Systems on the Net Without Protection; In theThousands

Over the past few years, researchers have repeatedly demonstrated how easily web servers that are embedded in devices such as multi-function printers and VoIP systems can be tracked down over the web; however, thousands of machines remain unprotected.

At the RSA Conference, which is ongoing, Zscaler‘s Michael Sutton has provided further evidence that many embedded web servers (EWS) can be easily accessed by outsiders via the internet. Where multi-function printers or video conferencing systems are concerned, this can cause serious data leaks: the printers store scanned, faxed and printed files on hard disks and then disclose these often sensitive documents. Video conferencing hardware allows outsiders to monitor rooms remotely or listen to meetings that are in progress.

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