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Hackers Getting Free Hotel Porn With Simple Linux Laptop, IR

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by ChargerRay, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. ChargerRay

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    First, I have to say that I don’t consider myself to be a prudish or prissy person in any way, but I almost fell to the floor when I learned that half of all guests who stay at a Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton or Holiday Inn buy adult pay per view movies in their rooms. In fact, it is such a huge business for the hotels, that when hackers at the recent conference explained how to get in room pr0n for free, the hotel industry flipped out.

    I honestly thought the mini bar was the secret revenue driver. But call me naive….

    “CBS’ 60 Minutes recently reported that many of the largest hotel chains, including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton and Holiday Inn, make “most of their in-room profits” from the sale of pay-per-view adult entertainment. According to the report, half of all hotel guests at those chains purchase erotic video products during their stay.

    “Pay-per-view sales represent a significant revenue source for the hotel industry as well as adult entertainment companies who are paid licensing fees or commissions for their content. Considering how easy hackers say it is to steal in-room porn, the practice could have serious consequences for the industry. “No one thinks about the security risks of infrared because they think it’s used for minor things like garage doors and TV remotes, but infrared uses really simple codes. And they don’t put any kind of authentication in it,” Adam Laurie, director of security firm The Bunker, said.

    “In addition to porn thievery, hackers can tap into their own hotel bills as well as those of other guests. Laurie said the process is easy because hotel systems place control on the user end rather than on servers and because they fail to use password protection or other authentication procedures. The only equipment required is a laptop running Linux, and infrared transmitter and a USB TV tune :shock:
     

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