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Old 12-06-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Some insiders are calling it a security crisis at hotels nationwide: A breach, leaving you more vulnerable.

When you lock your hotel door, you assume you're safe and your stuff is safe. Don't be so sure: Thieves have invented a small, simple device that can unlock hotel doors at some of the most popular chains. Some hotels have known about this security problem for months -- so why hasn't it been fixed?

Jim Stickley is a security expert who worked with us on this report. Using a homemade gadget to pop electronic doors, he was able to break into a hotel room in seconds -- no kicking the door, no fancy tools.

We booked hotel rooms in New Jersey where he did it again and again -- at a Hyatt, a Ramada, a Doubletree Hilton. This security flaw is so alarming, even hotel managers are stunned. "That's absolutely insane," one said when we showed him.

The device is so small, thieves can hide it in a magic marker. And criminals are learning how to make it watching videos posted online.
"Do you have to be a computer whiz to build one of these?" we asked Stickley.
"No, you could be a village idiot," he said. "Just go online and you can find step-by-step instructions and be done in a half hour."
All thieves have to do is plug it in, and it acts like a master key, even bypassing the deadbolt, giving criminals access while you sleep.
What have you done?

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Old 12-06-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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hotelpro is safe. he doesn't work for a chain. his locks were hand crafted from unicorn bone.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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First they learn how to unlock my car door with a tennis ball and now this!? WTF!?
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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criminals unlock door, hotelpro unlocks gun.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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I heard about this on the radio. It only works on a select few brands of locks. Hotels have known about the problem but don't want to pay the money to have them replaced.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:20 AM   #6
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This really sucks for folks like me who travel with expensive equipment, but have to stay in hotels that offer govt per diem rate. Those hotels frequently do not have in-room safes.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:20 AM   #7
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hotelpro is safe. he doesn't work for a chain. his locks were hand crafted from unicorn bone.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #8
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This really sucks for folks like me who travel with expensive equipment,
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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* didn't finish article*

Lemme guess, its a marker sized electronic device that unlocks the door..
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #10
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Have used Onity in other hotels, mine are Kaba (which is now part of the SafLok brand).

I always liked the service ports on the Onity versions, now not so much.

Wild.



Also, obligatory "Who would try to keep hotelpro out...they want him kept in"
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #11
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Well, my laptop is new, and good for a grand+, plus peripherals. My used razor would probably go for $3k on eBay--more if it's the scrotum razor.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:26 AM   #12
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WHy's it gotta be a white phone?

RACISTS!!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:29 AM   #13
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WHy's it gotta be a white phone?

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Because black and also brown phones don't work?
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:32 AM   #14
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This is exactly why I carry crummy luggage and stay a nice places, if somebody is going to break in to a room, it won't be mine - i get profiled as a broke bastard
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:33 AM   #15
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Well, my laptop is new, and good for a grand+, plus peripherals. My used razor would probably go for $3k on eBay--more if it's the scrotum razor.
Unless you stay at a hotelpro-owned facility, I would imagine your razors will sleep safely.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:33 AM   #16
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Wouldn't have happened if he had a CCW.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:33 AM   #17
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Because colors cost money.
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Wouldn't have happened if he had a CCW.




OC would have prevented it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:43 AM   #19
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I'm not worried. Hotel's place is so confusing, I got lost everytime I left the room. I once walked around the hotel for an hour and when I finally asked one of the staff where I was, they told me Disney World.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:46 AM   #20
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I'm not worried. Hotel's place is so confusing, I got lost everytime I left the room. I once walked around the hotel for an hour and when I finally asked one of the staff where I was, they told me Disney World.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:48 AM   #21
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I'm not worried. Hotel's place is so confusing, I got lost everytime I left the room. I once walked around the hotel for an hour and when I finally asked one of the staff where I was, they told me Disney World.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:52 AM   #22
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hotelpro is safe. he doesn't work for a chain. his locks were hand crafted from unicorn bone.
He also trades his real life xp for magic locking spells. Duh.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:53 AM   #23
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