This Hacker Sent Nazi Flyers to Thousands of Printers In Internet of Things ‘Experiment

The following appears on Fortune.com

By Jen Wieczner – Last Thursday morning, thousands of printers across the country began spontaneously shooting off pages that looked like propaganda out of Nazi Germany. Adorned with swastikas, the printouts were addressed to “white man” and contained anti-Semitic messages as well as an appeal to “join us in the struggle for white supremacy.”

They showed up at more than a dozen college campuses across the country, according to tech review site VPNRanks. Students and staff at universities from Princeton to Washington University at St. Louis to the University of California at Berkeley reported finding the offense flyers in the output trays of their printers and fax machines. But some individuals outside of college campuses also reported hate mail “mysteriously” showing up on their printer.


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