Beware the fax machine: some hackers target old gadgets


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“Faxes are still widely used in healthcare, banking, and law, sectors in which highly sensitive data is stored. In the U.S. medical sector, 75 percent of all communications are sent by fax.“

Interesting to know, especially when we so frequently hear Japanese being ridiculed for still using faxes, as if they’re the only ones who do. This security vulnerability is worrying though.

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Yes - I thought that interesting too Educator60.

People obviously believe(d) that faxes are "secure", or much more so than internet-based messaging - me included. A worry. What else?

Probably my calculator is hackable.

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“Probably my calculator is hackable.”

Could be! I’m beginning to wonder about my electronic dictionary too. But maybe I’ll be alright as I don’t use it so often these days, ha ha. Guess I should be glad I can’t afford things like refrigerators and air conditioners that can communicate with a smart phone or whatever.

I’ve found banks and lawyers in the US wanted things faxed to them. They even refused the idea of having documents mailed or Fedexed, even when there was no rush due to time limits.

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