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Is Your Printer Going Crazy? It May Be Infected

According to Symantec, printers around the globe have become infected.

Over the past two weeks, an outbreak of Trojan.Milicenso has resulted in multiple reports of massive print jobs being sent to print servers, printing garbage characters until the printer runs out of paper. Our telemetry data has shown the worst hit regions were the US and India followed by regions in Europe and South America. We originally encountered Trojan.Milicenso in 2010 and our initial investigation had shown that this was basically a malware delivery vehicle for hire. The payload that is most commonly associated with this latest version is Adware.Eorezo; an adware targeting French speaking users.

The company says its analysis of this "printer bomb" threat’s ultimate goal "is ongoing."  The vulnerability "leverages [the] adware component as a decoy and a signed digital certificate."

Read the rest of Symantec's report here: Trojan.Milicenso: A Paper Salesman’s Dream Come True

-- James E. Powell
Editorial Director, ESJ

Posted on 06/21/2012

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