Hacking a hotel network for fun or profit

A few years back I could have sworn I did an article on this subject. But after a fairly intense search I can’t seem to come across it. A recent article got me thinking about the subject of hacking a hotel network again. Recently a hacker named Mario Simbaqueba Bonilla confessed to installing keylogging Trojans on business center PCs. This act allowed the hacker to steal data from guest at 25 United States hotels. The previous hotel networking hack I was thinking about was done very differently. That hack could be used for a childish prank or to obtain personal information and details of guest. All that was needed to accomplish this was a bit of knowledge, the hotel television and a laptop. If successful you could in theory have every room in a hotel watching adult content. A good software firewall and antivirus running on your laptop will always help keep you safe when accessing a public network such as what you’d be using in a hotel.

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Hotel hacker confesses to Trojan mayhem – Computerworld UK

Hotel hacker confesses to Trojan mayhem – Donna’s SecurityFlash

Techworld.com – Hotel hacker confesses to Trojan mayhem

Hotel Hacking Could Pump Smut Into Every Room

Hack Your Hotel – Mommy, this isn’t Sesame Street – dslreports.com

Hotel hacking could pump smut into every room  The Register

Hacking the hotel through the TV  CNET News.com

make Blog DEFCON – Hotel room hacking

A Hacker Games the Hotel

CNN.com – Hotel networks face hacker threat – Feb. 25, 2004

The Bunker – Adam Laurie

Colombian man pleads guilty to computer fraud

Engineer I stole IDs from hotel computers – 01-09-2008 – MiamiHerald

It would interesting to know if the hospitality industry took this security message seriously and secured their networks. I’ve not heard of anyone trying to test this since the news went public years ago.

Hackers Getting Free Hotel Porn With Simple Linux Laptop, IR Transmitter and USB TV Tuner ~ Tech News Watch

Hackers Getting Free Hotel Porn With Simple Linux Laptop, IR Transmitter and USB TV Tuner Real Tech News

Hackers gain access to private hotel network using Cisco VoIP  NetworkWorld

Phones Aren’t Safe Either, Hackers Say  Threat Level from Wired