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Thousands of Office Printers Hit by ‘Gibberish’ Malware

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ZDNet: Security vendor Symantec is reporting that the Trojan.Milicenso malware has spread to thousands of enterprise offices in U.S., India, Europe and South America. One of the effects of the Trojan is that it causes printers to spew out pages and pages of indecipherable text until the printer runs out of paper or is shut down manually.

The malware is spread by e-mail messages, compromised websites and fake video codecs. Although it might appear otherwise, it wasn’t intended as a scheme to make money for paper companies–the Trojan also redirects users to advertisements which earn money for those behind the attack.

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