Old security locks guests out of hotel

How old is your computer security? You might want to have it checked out.

A luxury hotel in Austria targeted by a ransomware attack that disabled the resort’s central key management system locking guests out. The attack was facilitated by an out of date security system.

The hackers demanded a ransom of  €1,500 ($1,605) to return control of the systems to hotel management of Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt and got rewarded for their efforts, but they also left a backdoor in the system and shortly tried to execute another attack. Before that, however, the hotel replaced computers closing the back door at a cost greater than the original attack.

By the way, there is no insurance for cyber attacks.  The hotel does have a plan to prevent future attacks on its key management system: It will rip the entire system out and revert to using actual, old-fashioned physical keys.