Hotel IT vulnerability: Hackers proof how easy to take control of a hotel. Wednesday, 6th August 2014 Source : External source
Now that basic household appliances are being built with wireless capabilities, it goes without saying that they can be targets of hackers, that appears to be the case at one upscale Shenzhen Hotel.
Security vulnerabilities in an iPad-operated digital “butler” application at the Shenzhen St Regis Hotel easily allows hackers to control any of the rooms’ thermostat, lights, blinds, and TV.
Wired published a report that detailed the findings of Jesus Molina, who stayed at the St Regis Shenzhen last year and was able to discover and exploit the service’s security vulnerabilities.
Molina found that the iPads provided to every room were running an old communication protocol called KNX that was running unencrypted. Molina stayed for two days and changed to four different rooms in order to investigate further.
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