The chamber of chaos
First things first: Many of the more exotic exploits in this collection have been identified by security researchers, but not found in the wild. But before you write off these dangers as tomfoolery confined to labs alone, consider the terrifying case of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In 2010, the Chamber was the subject of a deep and complicated intrusion. The penetration was so thorough that once authorities discovered the problem, the Chamber found it easier to destroy some PCs completely rather than scrub them clean.
One of the Chamber's thermostats was found to be communicating with Chinese servers, while one executive's printer began spitting out pages composed entirely in Chinese. And that brings us to the next wild exploit…