HP Printer Defect Opens Door To Hackers: Suit

Law360, Chicago (December 5, 2011, 2:01 PM EST) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. was targeted with a nationwide putative class action Thursday in California alleging that its printers have a software design defect that allows hackers to install malicious updates to access the printers' network and steal sensitive information.

Plaintiff David Goldblatt further claims that the defect in the printers' so-called firmware also allows hackers to flood with the printers with commands and physically damage the products, and that HP knew about the defect but failed to disclose it to consumers.

The printers are "highly vulnerable to...
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