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Burglars exploiting bug in electronic hotel locks

Burglars appear to be exploiting a bug in electronic doors to gain entry into rooms, raising serious questions about the security of many hotels.

Burglars appear to be exploiting a bug in electronic doors to gain entry into rooms, raising serious questions about the security of many hotels.

 
The technique was demonstrated at the Black Hat hacker conference as far back as July, utilising a simple electronic device to override the security of the door locks. Now it seems to have been used in a number of burglaries in the Texas area.
 
The exploit has become so sophisticated that one researcher managed to put all the electronics required to open the doors into a marker pen, making it potentially easy to hide the burglar's tools of the trade. 
 
 
Attacks in Texas appear to have utilised a digital probe in a small hole on the door lock mechanism to discover the combination, prompting hotel managers to fill the hole with glue as a temporary solution.
 
Over four million doors use these electronic locks, created by Onity. The company previously said it was working to replace the vulnerable locks. Insurance firms believe the technique will circulate among thieves quickly, resulting in a high volume of thefts and subsequent claims.
 
Source: BBC

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