Hacker opens hotel doors with magic marker – the latest in the electronic door saga

Cast your mind back to the summer when this story about a hacker cracking hotel electronic doors emerged in Forbes.

The story didn’t stop there with Onity, the electronic door specialist in question, stepping in to introduce several measures to secure the doors.

Well, it seems, it didn’t end there either with hackers redoubling their efforts to crack hotel doors and posting clips on YouTube demonstrating the $50 security cracking kit and how to make it.

And, now one clever hacker has even managed to fit the wiring for the hacking device into a magic marker.

Rival in the door security market OpenWays has responded with a cheeky attempt to take advantage of Onity’s misfortune by highlighting its own mobile access products via a freeware model.

OpenWays must feel its own technology is pretty robust in terms of security to jump on this particular bandwagon.

Tnooz has reached out to Onity for a comment.

NB: Hotel door image via Shutterstock

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About the Writer :: Linda Fox

Linda is Managing Editor for tnooz. For the past decade, she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine. In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management, and research companies. Prior to her freelance career, she covered hotels and technology news for Travel Trade Gazette for seven years. Linda joined TTG from Caterer & Hotelkeeper where she worked on the features desk for more than five years.



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  1. Nicolas Ishkanian

    It’s absolutely fake. They grab your attention on the marker while the other hand uses a keycard to open the lock. Misdirection, 100%.


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