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Google Indexes 80,000 Printers That You Can Print To From Anywhere

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We just received a tip from someone that Google is indexing 80,000 printers that are connected to the Internet.  Using a little Google search magic, it becomes apparent that you can really find anything using Google.  To top it off, aside from just being indexed by Google, you can easily print something to any one of these 80,000 printers surely giving the owner of the printer quite a scare.  Obviously the people who configured these print servers skipped firewall 101 class.

Several of the print servers appear to be hosted at universities around the world, including RIT and the University of Washington.  Of course, this query looks specifically for HP printers (probably the most common type), but I’m sure it could be modified to find others as well.

Happy printing? Just kidding.

 

— Jeff Weisbein

Jeff is the founder & CEO of BestTechie. He has over 10 years of experience working with technology and building businesses. He loves to travel and listen to music.

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  • AnonyJew


    This is excellent news! Thank you.

  • http://www.beingbritishisawesome.co.uk/ BeingBritishIsAwesome


    That’s the funniest thing ever. Can’t imagine how many ‘ghost prints’ some of these places have now had :)

  • BaBeBiBoBu


    You’d think that after a few dozens decades of this happening institutions would finally get their printer security right.

    • BaBeBiBoBu


      Err I meant few dozen *years.

  • http://twitter.com/MillionLuck MillionLuck


    Is there anything google cant index ???