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Hackers Built a ‘Master Key’ For Unlimited Access to Millions of Hotel Rooms

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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.

The researchers started their room key bypass efforts in 2003 when a colleague’s laptop was stolen from a hotel room.

With no sign of forced entry or unauthorized access to the room, the hotel staff are said to have dismissed the incident.

The researchers said that finding and building the master key was far from easy, and took “several thousand hours of work” on an on-off basis.

Originally via ZDNet

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.

See the full article at https://www.zdnet.com/article/millions-of-hotel-door-locks-bypass-with-master-key/

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