Canon Printers Scan Print Jobs For "Sensitive Material"

Canon’s Uniflow technology will read print jobs sent to it and flag documents containing words deemed unsafe or insecure by admins. Here’s how it works:

The server will email the administrator a PDF copy of the document in question if a user attempts to do so.

The system can optionally inform the user by email that their attempt has been blocked, but without identifying the keyword in question, maintaining the security of the system.

See the problem here?

As Cory points out if an admin fails to engage this feature – or messes it up – there’s a pretty good chance a hax0r could get in and start mailing off “sensitive” materials to an outside address, which is a hoot. Considering most gear still uses its original default logins and passwords, I’d say the chances of this are pretty high.