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Maker Of Hackable Hotel Locks Finally Agrees To Pay For Bug Fix

Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Slashdot readers are no doubt familiar by now with the case of Onity, the company whose locks are found on 4 million hotel room doors worldwide and, as came to light over the summer, can be opened in seconds with a $50 Arduino device. Since that hacking technique was unveiled by Mozilla developer Cody Brocious at Black Hat, Onity first downplayed its security flaws and then tried to force its hotel customers to pay the cost of the necessary circuit board replacements to fix the bug.

But now, after at least one series of burglaries exploiting the bug hit a series of hotel rooms in Texas, Onity has finally agreed to shoulder the cost of replacing the hardware itself--at least for its locks in major chain hotels in the U.S. installed after 2005.

Score one point for full disclosure."

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