Modernizing Authentication — What It Takes to Transform Secure Access
Following last year's disclosure of a flaw in Onity hotel room locks that allows them to be hacked with relative ease, the Phoenix Police Department is seeking a man and a woman who have been stealing from hotel and motel rooms in the area.
One suspect is described as a white female in her mid 20s with blonde shoulder-length hair and eyeglasses. The second is a white mail in his early 20s with short blonde hair.
In one case, pilot Ahmiel Fried told ABC 15's Adam Slinger that his wallet, laptop, iPad, clothes and suitcase were stolen from his Tempe hotel room, but the hotel refused to refund him because the theft was perpetrated by a third party and not a member of the hotel staff.
Slinger reports that Tempe police describe the method used by the attackers as an "easy-to-make, cheap device that they plug into the electronic doorknob."
"The next time you stay in a hotel room, run your fingers under the keycard lock outside you," Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes told 3TV's Catherine Holland. "With a few hacker tricks and a handful of cheap hardware, that tiny round hole might offer access to your room just as easily as your keycard."