HP blinked! Let's keep the pressure on! [PLEASE SHARE!]


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/03/hp-blinked-lets-keep-the-pr.html


#2

HP announced plans to reverse the current security patch with a new security patch, rubbing their hands with glee and cackling fiendishly.


#3

Sources and examples? Not saying didn’t happen, but if you throw out a line like that, you need to back it up.

HP has to promise not to attack security researchers who disclose vulnerabilities in its printers


#4

Um… The author is saying that needs to happen, not that it has happened.


#5

It’s kind of a pointless ask if it’s not been something that’s happened before, nor something unrelated to patches, ink, DRM, etc.

FYI I can find two references to HP and security legal threats: one from 2002 and one from 2012. Neither involved printers (Unix and a router).

Found them at http://attrition.org/errata/legal_threats/


#6

Once again, and? The post I responded to had nothing to do with what the
author was saying, that simple.


#7

On a daily basis my work hp printer asks to update.
No I say!
Fine, I’ll just sulk and then crash according to my secret randomised schedule.


#8

Have you been reading a different Boingboing to the rest of us? Companies threatening individuals who report defects in their security under DMCA 1201 is a thing that gets reported on this blog a bit. If HP have or have not done it up to this point is neither here nor there. They’re simply being asked to promise not to. A promise would say nothing about past behaviour, nor imply it; it would just be a commitment to not doing it in future. When you swore allegiance to the flag in school (assuming you’re American), were you up to that point a filthy communist fifth columnist who planned to overthrow the government, one school grade at a time?

Bear in mind that we’re talking about a company that just put out an upgrade to brick their printers if their users had the temerity to use ink not made by HP. A company may be a human being for certain legal purposes, but we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking of them as gentlemen.


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