Finding security holes in HP printers

Security vulnerabilities have been discovered in more than 150 models of multifunction printers produced by the US company, "HP", the leader in the printer market, according to the Finnish security company that discovered the flaws.

And F-Secure, a data security company, announced on Tuesday that attackers could exploit flaws or vulnerabilities to take control of unprotected printers and steal information.

The company has warned that in extreme cases, entire networks can be hacked and cause massive damage.

HP could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, but according to F-Secour, the US tech giant has already deployed software updates to plug existing security holes in its printers.

F-Secure warned of the danger of network penetration, saying, "This includes not only documents that are printed, scanned or faxed, but also sensitive information such as passwords and access data that the device communicates with the rest of the network."