1 )Hackers Were Able To Create A ‘Master Key’ To Unlock Millions Of Hotel
Recently, two hackers were able to find a vulnerability in the Vision software
of the electronic hotel room access keys of VingCard Elsafe, the company that
supplies hotel locking systems worldwide.
Individuals copying hotel room keys and swipe cards is not a new plight for
hotel owners and managers, however, the particular flaw that was identified allowed
these hackers to produce a key that was able to open the doors of each room in the
entire hotel building. They simply needed access to one of the hotel’s electronic keys
and a small hardware device, which is relatively inexpensive to purchase online, to
duplicate the exact reading of the key. A master key to the building can be built in
Cybersecurity professionals have expressed the difficulty of building a secure
access system as the ones that hotel room access keys require. However, they have
been able to identify the shortcomings of the software and build a more secure design
that should prevent instances like the duplication of keys from happening again.
Additionally, software vulnerabilities like that can also be exploited to gain
access to sensitive and personal information of customers. So, the revision of the
software has been able to contribute to larger security in the hospitality industry.
Many other industries use swipe access cards to gain entry to areas that are
confidential and prohibited by some. This is a call to action for all software providers
to ensure that their products are secure and up to date for their consumers.
Tannam, E. (2018, April 25). Hackers create ‘master key’ that unlocks millions of hotel room doors.
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2 )Apple Struggling
Even which so much intelligence in the company structure of Apple they are still
struggling with some security problems. Solving these security issue will cost the
company ample time and money to fully fix. Don A Bailey , Founder of Lab mouse
security found the issue of , " a hack that, whilst not catastrophic, exploits iOS
devices' trust in Internet of Things devices like connected toasters and TVs"(FoxBrewster 2018). This is said to basically turn Apples own Keys into Skeleton Keys.
This hack would require penetration into the Internet of things. This hack may not
be as hard as it seems as most iot devices have an abundance of vulnerabilities.
This is all made possible because of a MFi chip. This chip allows other
manufactures access to connect to ios devices. Bailey has discovered that , " iOS
devices can be tricked into handing over private network keys to hacked devices
that contain such chips"(Fox-Brewster 2018). These could instantly place hacks on
home wifi networks.
To me this is scary. As technology progresses I feel that the security of them must
also progress at a rapid rate. Apple is know for its ability to make its devices secure.
Which is why this is so eye opening to me because they do not yet have this
problem solved. It will be interesting to see how they front this issue as I am sure
they know it has other consumers scared as well. Home wifi is very important. No
one wants their wifi that is payed for and other networks hacked at the click of a
button . Iot technology is remarkable I am excited to see what the future holds.
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