Hackers lock travellers outside hotel rooms in Austria for mere €1500

Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

key cardThe hacking attack on one of the oldest hotels in Australia forced all the guests to be stranded outside their rooms. This was the third time that the 111-year old Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt encountered hacking attack.



Right as the hackers targeted and breached the key-card system of the hotel, none of the guests could enter the rooms. The attack also blocked the front desk of the hotel to reprogram the key-cards.



Right after creating the chaos, the hackers demanded a ransom of mere €1500 to return the control of the key card system.



During the hacking attack, the hotel was packed with 180 guests. As the attack left all the 180 travellers stranded outside their rooms, the management decided to pay the ransom to the hackers even though it could put them in precarious situation. As the hackers gave back the control of the key cards, the cyber investigators found that the hackers left a backdoor open for future hacking attempts.



The hotel authorities later replaced the entire system with the help of experts and the experts also isolated the critical systems from the network of the hotel.



The managing director of the hotel, Christoph Brandstaetter informed that they are planning to install old-school locks on the guest room doors instead of the automatic ones ‘just like 111 years ago’.

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