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Post# 992114   4/25/2018 at 16:58 (181 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I am putting this out here so as many people as possible can be warned.

Hackers Unveil “Master Key” To Millions Of Hotel Rooms

April 25, 2018 News, Politics

ZDNet reports:

Security researchers have built a master key that exploits a design flaw in a popular and widely used hotel electronic lock system, allowing unfettered access to every room in the building.

The electronic lock system, known as Vision by VingCard and built by Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy, is used in more than 42,000 properties in 166 countries, amounting to millions of hotel rooms — as well as garages and storage units.

These electronic lock systems are commonplace in hotels, used by staff to provide granular controls over where a person can go in a hotel — such as their room — and even restricting the floor that the elevator stops at. And these keys can be wiped and reused when guests check-out.

Gizmodo reports:

While hijacking and cloning hotel room keys is nothing new, the attack designed by Hirvonen and Tuominen is exceptional for a few reasons: First off, it allows the attacker to produce a master key for the entire building within a matter of minutes. All that’s needed is a regular hotel room key. It can even be expired.

Since staff keys typically work throughout the building, hackers usually target cleaning staff or managers whenever attempting to clone a key that can open any room in the hotel.

Keys that use RFID, or electromagnetic fields, for instance, can be cloned easily without raising suspicion. Even just walking by hotel staff with an RFID reader concealed in a messenger bag is usually enough to capture a card.

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Post# 992159 , Reply# 1   4/26/2018 at 04:08 (180 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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It seems the more sophisticated things become, the easier it is to commit some form of theft, fraud, or burglary.

There was something on our news recently, about those sophisticated car 'keyless entry' systems. A cctv camera caught footage of the culprits using a wireless aerial extender (up against the house window or door). Meanwhile the criminal associate was able to unlock and drive away the vehicle... without the key!

Absolute madness.

Post# 992172 , Reply# 2   4/26/2018 at 07:22 (180 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

and it seems we are becoming devoid of anything manually done. I'm not a prude to technology, but now they have Alexa's, and Google Home for kids. These can also be hacked into, and spy on you. That's where I draw the line.
Privacy is privacy, and should be respected.
If I ever see a drone around my house, out comes the 12 gauge. Not sure how I feel about Amazon drones making deliveries. A lot of folks work for UPS, etc. They need jobs too.

Post# 992360 , Reply# 3   4/28/2018 at 09:06 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
"They need jobs too."

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Exactly so.

How are folk supposed to live and pay their taxes, if these folk are made redundant?

Similarly, I don't care for for all this 'driverless car' nonsense; it'll make taxi drivers and bus drivers jobless.

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