"We are planning at the next room refurbishment for
old-fashioned door locks with real keys," he said. "Just like
111 years ago at the time of our great-grandfathers."
Hackers Disable Door Locks at Four-Star Hotel, Demand Ransom
The hackers demanded 2 Bitcoins in payment to return control of
the systems back to the hotel -- and the hotel says it had no
choice but to pay.
By Jeff Goldman | February 02, 2017
Hackers recently breached the internal systems at Austria's
four-star, 111-year-old Romantik Seehotel Jagerwirt, according to
The hackers disabled both the hotel's electronic door locks and
the reservation system, meaning that new keys couldn't be
generated and reservations couldn't be checked or confirmed.
They demanded 2 Bitcoins (almost $2,000) to return control of the
systems back to the hotel -- and the hotel says it had no option
but to pay the ransom.
"The house was totally booked with 180 guests, we had no other
choice," hotel managing director Christoph Brandstaetter told The
Local. "Neither police nor insurance help you in this case."
This was the third recent cyber attack for the hotel,
Brandstaetter said. A fourth attempt soon after was only blocked
because computers had been replaced and new security standards
"The restoration of our system after the first attack in summer
has cost us several thousand Euros," Brandstaetter said. "We did
not get any money from the insurance so far because none of those
to blame could be found."
In response to the hack, Brandstaetter said the hotel has one
unique security solution in the works. "We are planning at the
next room refurbishment for old-fashioned door locks with real
keys," he said. "Just like 111 years ago at the time of our
According to the results of a recent 451 Research survey of almost
1,000 enterprise IT buyers worldwide, 50 percent of respondents
said security is the top impediment for IoT deployments.
Still, enterprises are moving ahead with IoT initiatives, with 90
percent of enterprises planning to increase IoT spending over the
Respondents' mean IoT-related spending is expected to increase by
33 percent over the next 12 months.
While 54 percent of respondents said a lack of trained IoT staff
is not an issue for their organizations, 46 percent said they're
having difficulty filling IoT-related positions.
"When it comes to IoT adoption, pragmatism rules," 451 Research
director Laura DiDio said in a statement. "The survey data
indicates enterprises currently use IoT for practical technology
purposes that have an immediate and tangible impact on daily
operational business efficiencies, economies of scale and
increasing the revenue stream."
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