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Electronic Hotel Room Keys Hacked


Security researchers have discovered a way to hack a widely used model of electronic keys, adopted by more than forty-two thousand hotels in one hundred and sixty-six countries.

The researchers reported the vulnerability to the manufacturer about a year ago, and earlier this year the manufacturer provided customers with patches for the central server software. The firmware on each lock also needs to be upgraded by someone who is physically present at the lock. There's no way to determine how many of the locks have received the upgrade.

“Hackers Built a ‘Master Key’ for Millions of Hotel Rooms”
Zach Whittaker, Zero Day, April 25, 2018

#hacking #hacker-tech #security

The New York Times Chooses to Remain Ignorant about Hacker Tech


Last Tuesday, the New York Times hired Quinn Norton and then, a few hours later, got a case of the fantods and fired her. Management had belatedly discovered that some of her sources hold extreme right-wing political opinions and that, when interacting with them, she uses language that is taboo in the circles where the Grey Lady prefers to operate.

“The NY Times Fires Tech Writer Quinn Norton, And It's Complicated”
Adam Rogers, Wired, February 14, 2018

#Quinn-Norton #mainstream-media #hacker-tech

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018