Hackers Paid to Restore System After Ransomware Locks Guests Out of Rooms
Top European hotel, Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt, located in Austria, was recently infected with ransomware. The variant, although unknown, took complete control of the hotel’s day-to-day operations. This included not only encrypting hotel files, but also interrupting their electronic key system for guest rooms.
Due to 80 guests being unable to access their rooms, hotel officials felt as though they had no choice but to pay the ransom. The hotel paid the cyber criminals 1,500 EURO (roughly $1,600 USD). Upon doing so, the hotel’s systems were restored.
The Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt hotel is currently considering additional measures to avoid a similar situation in the future. Live Bitcoin News reported one idea being suggested is replacing the electronic locking systems with a traditional lock, with a physical key to gain access.
To see a full list of ransomware attacks that have taken place so far in 2017, you can click here. We have also created a ransomware map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S. this year.