Friday, May 24, 2024

Hotel Electronic Locks Vulnerability Left Millions of Hotel Rooms World Wide Vulnerable to Hack

A critical flaw discovered with electronic lock system’s software left millions of hotel rooms vulnerable to hackers around the world.

The electronic lock system could be exploited by hackers to gain access to any room facility, the lock software known as Vision by VingCard manufactured by Swedish company Assa Abloy.

F-Secure’s Tomi Tuominen and Timo Hirvonen carried out the research, they found that the Vision software could be exploited by the hackers within the same network and they gain access to the sensitive data.

How an Attacker Might get Access

Attackers need to get access to any ordinary electric key of the target hotel it can be any key a room key or a key to a storage closet or garage or even the key that expired five years before will work.

Then the keycard data is scanned by using a small hardware device and the device derives many keys to test against the target and within minutes it derives the master key to the facility.

Also Read PoS Malware Ultimately Designed to Steal Credit Card Details Through DNS Requests

The master with the escalated privileges gives unrestricted access to the facility. The attack can be performed without being noticed.

“You can imagine what a malicious person could do with the power to enter any hotel room, with a master key created basically out of thin air,” said Tomi Tuominen, Practice Leader at F-Secure Cyber Security Services. “We don’t know of anyone else performing this particular attack in the wild right now.

The research wasn’t an immediate effort, it takes a decade. It was started in 2003 when a colleague’s laptop has been stolen from the locked hotel room without any hint of unauthorized entry physically in the hotel room or digitally in the software logs.

So the hotel staff dismissed the complaint and the researchers decided to investigate further by choosing a lock brand known for quality and security.

“We wanted to find out if it’s possible to bypass the electronic lock without leaving a trace,” said Timo Hirvonen, Senior Security Consultant at F-Secure.

F-secure reported the vulnerability to Assa Abloy and has collaborated with them to implement the security fixes and the update has been provided for all the affected products.

Researchers said we should never assume that no one else has made the same discovery we have, so applying the software update is highly recommended.


Latest articles

Hackers Weaponizing Microsoft Access Documents To Execute Malicious Program

In multiple aggressive phishing attempts, the financially motivated organization UAC-0006 heavily targeted Ukraine, utilizing...

Microsoft Warns Of Storm-0539’s Aggressive Gift Card Theft

Gift cards are attractive to hackers since they provide quick monetization for stolen data...

Kinsing Malware Attacking Apache Tomcat Server With Vulnerabilities

The scalability and flexibility of cloud platforms recently boosted the emerging trend of cryptomining...

NSA Releases Guidance On Zero Trust Maturity To Secure Application From Attackers

Zero Trust Maturity measures the extent to which an organization has adopted and implemented...

Chinese Hackers Stay Hidden On Military And Government Networks For Six Years

Hackers target military and government networks for varied reasons, primarily related to spying, which...

DNSBomb : A New DoS Attack That Exploits DNS Queries

A new practical and powerful Denial of service attack has been discovered that exploits...

Malicious PyPI & NPM Packages Attacking MacOS Users

Cybersecurity researchers have identified a series of malicious software packages targeting MacOS users.These...
Guru baran
Guru baran
Gurubaran is a co-founder of Cyber Security News and GBHackers On Security. He has 10+ years of experience as a Security Consultant, Editor, and Analyst in cybersecurity, technology, and communications.

Free Webinar

Live API Attack Simulation

94% of organizations experience security problems in production APIs, and one in five suffers a data breach. As a result, cyber-attacks on APIs increased from 35% in 2022 to 46% in 2023, and this trend continues to rise.
Key takeaways include:

  • An exploit of OWASP API Top 10 vulnerability
  • A brute force ATO (Account Takeover) attack on API
  • A DDoS attack on an API
  • Positive security model automation to prevent API attacks

Related Articles