Having just returned from a week in Chicago and a week in Orlando on business trips, and as I am preparing for a trip to Dallas next week, I am troubled by this story. The Chicago hotel I stayed in did not have the type of lock that is the subject of this story, but the Orlando hotel did. The locks are made by a company called Onity, which calls itself the "Worldwide Leader in Electronic Locks."
|The Onity website, English edition|
|Onity electronic lock products|
And, to add insult to injury, these brazen thieves are sharing their "craft" with other thieves. Watch this video to see how they pass along their knowledge.
And, then a video that shows you how to take that information and put it into a dry erase marker for purposes of disguising it in plain sight.
And that is not the end of it. On a website called TrustWave at blogs.Spiderlabs.com you can find an entry for "James Bond's Dry Erase Marker: The Hotel Pen Test Pen" which contains a complete description on how to construct this theft device for as little as $50. And the entire written instructions are here: http://demoseen.com/bhpaper.html.