Hotel Forced to Pay Ransom to Let Patrons in Their Rooms

Ransomware sucks. It's the latest money grab used by hackers that encrypts your data and then sells you a decryption key - if you pay the ransom. If not, you lose it all. Serious stuff and general consumers aren't the only ones targeted. In fact, this will end up targeting businesses much more than people. The latest strike was against a hotel, where their electronic key-card system was compromised and in order to let people back in their rooms, they had to pay the ransom. Ouch.

It was only after this third attack that Brandstaetter realised that the hackers might just be leaving a backdoor on their systems, enabling them to come back for a top-up when they needed more dosh. IT upgrades were urgently installed and Brandstaetter said that, as a result, a fourth ransomware attempt was foiled.

Source: TheInquirer