Office Gear Like Printers and Phones may not Look Like Computers, But They are Vulnerable to Hackers

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By Jennifer Schlesinger and Andrea Day – Your office phone, the printer, the building control system — these may not sound like computers, but they can all be hacked, according to cybersecurity pros.

“This is probably the most important cybersecurity threat that we have today because these computers control every single aspect of our critical infrastructure that we depend on every single day,” said Ang Cui, the CEO of Red Balloon, a New York City based cybersecurity company that specializes in keeping devices safe.

These devices contain what are known as embedded computers — microprocessors that use software to execute simple commands.

“An embedded computer is pretty much everything that is not a laptop, server, or a desktop,” Cui said.

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