Onity Hotel Keycard Lock Can Be Hacked. Our firm is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers and/or burglary victims who stayed at select hotels that use the Onity keycard lock. These electronic hotel locks, which are used in about 4 million hotel rooms around the world, can be hacked and […]
Onity Hotel Keycard Lock Can Be Hacked. Our firm is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers and/or burglary victims who stayed at select hotels that use the Onity keycard lock. These electronic hotel locks, which are used in about 4 million hotel rooms around the world, can be hacked and opened with a simple home-made device, according to a report in Forbes magazine. Thieves who use the device leave no sign of forced entry, and can open the door in only a few seconds. Hotel chains were reportedly aware of this issue for months, but did not take adequate measures to protect their customers. If you were a guest or had your personal items stolen while staying at a hotel room with an Onity keycard lock, our attorneys would like to speak with you. Contact Parker Waichman today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.
Onity keycard locks can be opened by a simple home-made device that exploits a vulnerability in the system. The hack was first publicized by Cody Brocious, a Mozilla developer and security researcher who demonstrated at the July 2012 Black Hat security conference that he could open the keyless locks using a device made with $50 worth of materials. The device, which is small enough to hide inside a marker, works when it is inserted into the DC port on the underside of the lock; it takes advantage of the lock’s memory, which stores data about its opening mechanism.
But you don’t have to be a hacker, or even technologically well-versed, to make the device. According to NBC News, nearly anyone can go online and watch a step-by-step video to make the device in a half hour.
Onity keycard locks are installed in some 4 million hotel rooms worldwide. Many of these are in popular and well-known hotel chains, including:
New York, USA
|DOUBLE TREE (by Hilton)
Times Square, NY, USA
|COUNTRY INN & SUITES
Pier 66, Florida, USA
|RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL,
New York, USA
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Stamford, Connecticut, USA
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Hotel chains have been aware of the problem since July 2012, but little has been done to truly address the issue, reports NBC. Five months after the security flaw was exposed, investigators found that some hotels were still completely unaware of the problem. NBC reporter Jeff Rosen posed the question to Joe McInerny, president of the industry group representing hotels. “Bottom line, the hotel industry has known about this problem for five months, and while you and Onity work this out about who’s going to pay for what and when it’s going to happen, doesn’t that leave hotel guests vulnerable?” McInerny claims that they are trying to find a solution, but was unable to give a timeline about when the keyless locks would be fixed.
Meanwhile, guests who stay at hotels that use these flawed smart card locks are advised to use the security chain, leave valuable items in the safe box, or take the items with them.
If you stayed in a hotel room using an electronic Onity keycard lock and/or were a victim of burglary, you may have valuable legal rights. To find out more about our Onity keycard lock class action lawsuit, please fill out our online form or call 1(800)-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to speak with one of our experienced product liability lawyers today.
Forbes:Security Flaw In Common Keycard Locks Exploited In String Of Hotel Room Break-Ins
News C|Net:Known keycard hack suspected in hotel room burglary
Huffingtonpost:Security Flaw In Hotel Door Locks Leaves Guests Vulnerable To Crime