: HP & Yahoo: Printer Spamming


CubaMark
Jun 18th, 2010, 11:13 AM
Seriously. They think this is a good idea?

HP to spam your web-connected printer (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/16/hp-to-spam-your-web-.html)

http://craphound.com/images/hpwebprinter-sg1.jpg (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/16/hp-to-spam-your-web-.html)

"Through IP (Internet Protocol) sniffing, you have an idea about where those printers are so naturally it allows you to kind of already target your offers," Nigro said.

Ads can also be targeted based on a user's behavior as well as the content, said Vyomesh Joshi, head of the HP's Imaging and Printing Group. The pilot with Yahoo is in its early stages, however, and Joshi said the program has to be done with privacy in mind.

(BoingBoing (http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/16/hp-to-spam-your-web-.html))

Jason H
Jun 18th, 2010, 01:32 PM
I suppose it might be good to see my HP printer print *something*. I sure as hell cant get it to print out anything I actually want to print! For every page that prints correctly 2 pages of crap print.

This program does mean that we get free ink cartridges right? :-)

krs
Jun 18th, 2010, 02:08 PM
This program does mean that we get free ink cartridges right? :-)

Well of course :D

But seriously - why would anyone want to connect a printer to the web in the first place.
Somehow doesn't make much sense to me.

Jason H
Jun 19th, 2010, 12:19 AM
Well of course :D

But seriously - why would anyone want to connect a printer to the web in the first place.
Somehow doesn't make much sense to me.

Well many printers are connected to networks that are connected to the internet... or did I miss something and they have special web connected printers now?

krs
Jun 19th, 2010, 12:39 AM
Well many printers are connected to networks that are connected to the internet...

Yeah, but I don't think this is what they mean.

If your printer today is connected to your private network, that is behind the firewall and people on the net should not be able to gain access to it.
If they can access your printer on the network then they would also be able to access all your computers on that network unless you have some secondary protection.

I thought they are talking about a printer connected directly to the web - in other words, if you give me your "web-connected" printer IP address I can print directly to it from anywhere in the world.