How boobytrapped printers have been able to infect Windows PCs for over 20 years

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By GRAHAM CLULEY – You visit a company on business, and want to print something out. You visit another department in your office and need a hard copy of a document in your email. You’re a guest at someone’s home and want to print off directions to the airport.

What do you?

Simple. You get Windows to quickly search for and add a printer hosted on the network, and off you go…

But first, Windows needs to install a driver for that printer.

And that’s where a serious problem rears its ugly head, according to security researchers at Vectra Networks who discovered a vulnerability that has been present in Microsoft Windows for over 20 years:

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