| | Jan 30 | Lodging & Travel
Hackers successfully extracted money from an Austrian hotel by remotely interfering with guest keycards and demanding a ransom. The hotel's general manager, Christoph Brandstaetter, considered the ransom ($1800), the deadline before it doubled (the end of the day), his complaining guests, and decided to pay up.
The ransom demand arrived one recent morning by email, after about a dozen guests were locked out of their rooms at the lakeside Alpine hotel in Austria.
The electronic key system at the picturesque Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt had been infiltrated, and the hotel was locked out of its own computer system, leaving guests stranded in the lobby, causing confusion and panic.
“Good morning?” the email began, according to the hotel’s managing...