Hotel Lock Systems still hacked (US)

using the Onity lock-hacking method at the Coast Hotel in Phoenix. (Click to enlarge.) More than nine months after the hotel lock firm Onity
announced a fix for a security flaw that allowed anyone
to gain access to millions of hotel rooms in seconds,
that lock-hacking technique seems to be thriving–and
thieves are still using it to perform dozens of burglaries
with hardly a trace. The latest reports of criminals implementing the Onity
lock hack come from Arizona, where police say that
hotel rooms have been burglarized across the cities of
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa, with between
six and nine robberies in each city. In every case, police
and hotel staff believe that the burglars used a small device that can be inserted into a data port on the
underside of hotel locks to read their memory, access a
digital key, and trigger the locks’ opening mechanism
in seconds. The targeted hotels include the Holiday Inn,
Extended Stay, Quality Inn, Laquinta Inn, Red Roof
Inn, Motel Six, Budget Inn, Courtyard By Marriot, and Comfort Inn, according to a Phoenix police
spokeperson. The video below shows two of the suspects entering the
Coast Hotel in Phoenix and allegedly leaving with a 27-
year old woman’s suitcases. Though the video footage
doesn’t capture the accused thieves using the lock-
hacking device to open the room’s door, police say that
hotels found evidence in its lock’s memory that a device accessed the lock during the brief time when the
men were in the building. That hacking device, which
was first revealed by the security researcher and software
developer Cody Brocious at the Black Hat security
conference last year, can be built for less than $50, and
spoofs the “portable programmer” used by hotel staff to change locks’ settings and open locks with depleted
batteries. Local police are offering a $1,000 reward for
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