Friday, December 7, 2012

Guest Room Door Locks Vulnerability

There have been reports of guestroom burglaries attributed to suspects using laptop computers and key cards to open Onity guestroom door locks. The device can be concealed in an iPhone case and a Dry Erase marking pen body and plugs into the door locks.

Thankfully, the Chancellor Hotel does NOT use Onity Locks and is not vulnerable to the problem.
There was a story on the Today Show about the situation.  It looks very concerning.  Whenever I am in a hotel room, I always use the chain or secondary latch.  However, the ability to gain access with the Onity locks is not preventable if you are out of your room.  Of course, the odds of you being a victim are very small, but it is still scary.
We always suggest our guests follow the American Hotel &Lodging Association’s Guest Safety Tips.  Here they are:

NBC News reporter Jeff Rossen explains in a segment on the TODAY Show (click below) highlighting Onity lock vulnerabilities. In the report, security consultant, Jim Stickley, demonstrated the hacking device and the ease with which it can be used to gain access to hotel rooms.

Click here to see the story on the Today Show -   Today Show story on Onity Locks