Security flaw could allow hackers to create hotel master keys

Hotel lock

The researchers reached out previous year to the company that makes the locks, Assa Abloy, and subsequently worked with the manufacturer to develop a software update that fixes the bug, they wrote on the F-Secure website.

"We wanted to find out if it's possible to bypass the electronic lock without leaving a trace", explained Timo Hirvonen of F-Secure.

Infosec outfit F-Secure has uncovered security vulnerabilities in a hotel keycard system that can be exploited by miscreants to break into rooms across the globe.

Tomi Tuominen and Timo Hirvonen, researchers from F-Secure, discovered a way to breach the system after almost a decade of research following a odd occurrence at a Berlin security conference in 2003.

"Intriguingly, there were no signs of forced entry", the researchers wrote.

Tuominen and Hirvonen say that they don't necessarily need to scan an active key card, even if that would be easy, as an attacker would only need to check into a hotel for one night. Hotels worldwide rely on VingCard's electronic lock system software to secure millions of hotel rooms, yet the researchers were able to create a master key that allowed them to open any room they wished.

The main instruments needed are a $300 Proxmark RFID card reading and writing tool and any card, either old or new, from a hotel, according to Wired.

Both men have tried to downplay any fears hotels and customers may have about the loophole and have actively worked with Assay Abloy to fix their system. They know, because they say they've done it. "We don't know of anyone else performing this particular attack in the wild right now". "But I think there is no immediate threat, since being able to develop this attack is going to take some time".

A Finnish cybersecurity company said Wednesday it's solved a vulnerability problem that allowed a master key to open thousands of hotel rooms worldwide. "If somebody was to do this full time, it would probably take considerably less time".

Regional Madrid head resigns after shoplifting video, masters scandal
She said: "As a outcome of today's news I chose to advance the announce of my decision to leave the Madrid Community Presidency". Cifuentes, before tending her resignation, said taking the cream, worth around 40 euros, had been an " involuntarily error ".

That fix was issued earlier this year.

There was also a discrepancy in the number of hotel rooms that are vulnerable.

"Basically it blinks red a few times, and then it blinks green", Tuominen told Wired. "These old locks represent only a small fraction [of the those in use] and are being rapidly replaced with new technology".

Tech officials said, though, they are working to mitigate the continued risk.

The issue first arose over a decade ago, when a colleague of an F-Secure employee had his laptop stolen from a hotel room.

"Once we have the master key, we can write it to an ordinary hotel key".

The researchers made a decision to investigate the issue further by targeting a brand of lock known for quality and security.

F-Secure said it won't be publicly disclosing precise details about the hacking method used to breach the hotel locks, and that its researchers are unaware of any instances in which the vulnerability was exploited by others.


  • Wyoming football to be featured on 5 national telecasts

    Wyoming football to be featured on 5 national telecasts

    Additional broadcasts by AT&T SportsNet, Spectrum Sports (Hawai'i) and Stadium will be announced in the coming months. The TV information for the other seven Wyoming football games will be announced at a later date.

    Shares in Walmart (WMT) Acquired by Bowen Hanes & Co. Inc

    Moreover, Company Of Vermont has 0.11% invested in Walmart Inc . (NYSE: WMT ) on Thursday, October 15 to "Equal Weight" rating. Walmart accounts for approximately 0.5% of Premia Global Advisors LLC's holdings, making the stock its 28th largest holding.

    On April, 24 Analysts See $0.57 EPS for SAP SE (SAP)

    The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with "Hold" on Thursday, August 24. ( NASDAQ : TTS ) rating on Tuesday , August 23. Central Asset Investments Hldg (Hk) holds 10.8% of its portfolio in, Inc. ( NASDAQ : TTS ) for 118,493 shares.
  • IAAF wants Semenya to lower her testosterone levels or quit, says report

    IAAF wants Semenya to lower her testosterone levels or quit, says report

    If Semenya doesn't reduce her testosterone levels by taking medication, she will be forced to switch to 5,000m and 10,000m. The IAAF made Semenya take a sexual verification test, which was initially kept secret but revealed by the media in 2009.

    Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) Has Seen 15.60% Sales Growth Q/Q

    Tracking some earnings projections, we note that the current quarter EPS consensus estimate for Bank of the Ozarks , Inc. John G Ullman And Assoc holds 0.75% in Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) or 95,035 shares. (NASDAQ:AMAG) or 105,674 shares.

    Evaluate Potential Stock Drawbacks with Report of: NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI)

    Salzhauer Michael decreased its stake in Morgan Stanley (MS) by 66.11% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. It is positive, as 50 investors sold AAPL shares while 1023 reduced holdings. 31 funds opened positions while 61 raised stakes.
  • Michael Vick Hired As Offensive Coordinator In The New AAF League

    Michael Vick Hired As Offensive Coordinator In The New AAF League

    Vick served 18 months in prison following his guilty plea for a dogfighting operation in his native Virginia. That makes three different team associations along with retirement in a matter of a single offseason.

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA) Short Interest Update

    Captivating a peek at sell-side analyst insights, we can understand that the recent mean target price for the company is $168.35. YTD calculations are commonly used by investors and analysts in the assessment of portfolio performance due to their simplicity.
    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) PT Lowered to $19.00

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) PT Lowered to $19.00

    Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new stake in shares of Freeport-McMoRan in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $429,000. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX ) now has a Weekly Volatility of 6.07% percent while its Monthly Volatility is at 3.99% percent.
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE:TSM)

    Since November 27, 2017 according to StockzIntelligence Inc Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. has 6 analyst reports. The stock of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM ) earned "Buy" rating by HSBC on Tuesday , January 16.
    Morgan Freeman accused of

    Morgan Freeman accused of "incest" with her granddaughter

    Hines, 33, was found dead on August 16, 2015, outside her Washington Heights apartment in New York City she shared with Davenport. Davenport faces a maximum of 25 years to life if convicted. "He was yelling things about releasing the devil out of her".
    GGG Claims He No Longer Thinks Of Canelo

    GGG Claims He No Longer Thinks Of Canelo

    In the report, it's said Golovkin is "disgusted" that Alvarez failed the two tests and that the initial contract that was on the table for the fight has since been scrapped.


Latest news

Gophers add North Carolina to 2023-24 football schedule
The Tar Heels will host the Gophers on September 16, 2023 in Chapel Hill, then will open the season in Minneapolis in August. Minnesota football announced Wednesday that it has scheduled a home-and-home series with North Carolina for 2023 and 2024.

Lexington Realty Trust (LXP) Trending Activity with Technical Depiction
A certain stock may be considered to be on an uptrend if trading above a moving average and the average is sloping upward. It worsened, as 18 investors sold LXP shares while 80 reduced holdings. 30 funds opened positions while 71 raised stakes.

What To Know Before Buying Stock? Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG)
This number is based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy recommendation while 5 represents a Strong Sell. Finally, Guggenheim Capital LLC boosted its stake in shares of Signet Jewelers by 86.4% during the fourth quarter.

Dragon Ball FighterZ - XB1/PS4/PC - Fused Zamasu
While Goku Black is a future timeline's version of Goku, whose body was switched with Zamasu, the kai of that universe. In Dragon Ball FighterZ , Fused Zamasu has the ability of flight after certain attacks.

CH Robinson (CHRW) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Shows
The transportation company reported $0.86 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.05. Robinson stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 8th. 71 funds amassed holdings and 116 increased holdings.

Believe it or not, a new Smallfoot trailer drops
Smallfoot turns the legend upside down when a young Yeti discovers something he never thought existed: humans . WB added that " Smallfoot " will feature original music, so we can look forward to hearing that.

Heat Resistance Coatings Market Scope, Research, Growth Prediction 2018
The research also covers the current market size of the Global Fluoropolymer Coatings along with the growth rate over the years. Focuses on the global key manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the market competition landscape, SWOT analysis.

Cowboy tackles armed robber in Mexico grocery store
At that time he knocked the gun out of the suspect's hand and tried to take him down as store employees came to help. The man is finally subdued by the three men, while the woman at the register appears to make a phone call.

Medidata Solutions (MDSO) Shares Sold by Teachers Advisors LLC
New York State Common Retirement Fund decreased Chubb Ltd stake by 87,480 shares to 1.40 million valued at $204.46M in 2017Q4. Zacks Investment Research's EPS averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that cover Medidata Solutions.

Astronomers have found a completely black planet
Similarly, WASP-12b appeared to trap at least 94 percent of starlight that appeared in its direction, as reported by Tech Times . As a result, it is too hot at WASP-104b to form ice and clouds- two things that make for highly reflective surfaces.

Heat's Dwyane Wade Mum On Retirement Decision
A key part of the Heat's offseason and their next moves will be shaped by Dwyane Wade's decision, too. I feel like I know those guys and it's like family.

Schlumberger LTD (NYSE:SLB) Big Money Sentiment Is 0.66
Captivating a peek at sell-side analyst insights, we can understand that the recent mean target price for the company is $81.17. The Maryland-based fund Adams Natural Resources Fund Inc. holds 525,400 shares or 5.3% of their USA long stock exposure.

On May, 2 Hudbay Minerals Inc. (HBM) EPS Estimated At $0.20
After $0.26 EPS report last quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -23.08 % negative EPS growth of Hudbay Minerals Inc. It produces copper concentrates containing copper, gold, and silver; and zinc metal.The P/E ratio is 10.92.

Shawn Mendes's 'In My Blood' Is His Most Vulnerable Video To Date
Before the first chorus kicks in, chunks of concrete begin crumbling down on Shawn , after which rain begins pouring down. It's the ideal representation of the phrase, "After the rain comes a rainbow".

Barclays Reaffirms Buy Rating for Ctrip (CTRP)
Ricky Sandler decreased its stake in Lennar Corp (Call) (LEN) by 54.69% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Captivating a peek at sell-side analyst insights, we can understand that the recent mean target price for the company is $52.46.

Other news