IoT Ransomware against Austrian Hotel
Attackers held an Austrian hotel network for ransom, demanding $1,800 in bitcoin to unlock the network. Among other things, the locked network wouldn't allow any of the guests to open their hotel room doors.
I expect IoT ransomware to become a major area of crime in the next few years. How long before we see this tactic used against cars? Against home thermostats? Within the year is my guess. And as long as the ransom price isn't too onerous, people will pay.
EDITED TO ADD: There seems to be a lot of confusion about exactly what the ransomware did. Early reports said that hotel guests were locked inside their rooms, which is of course ridiculous. Now some reports are saying that no one was locked out of their rooms.
EDITED TO ADD (2/13): More information.
Posted on January 31, 2017 at 8:49 AM • 34 Comments