Guests at the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt have less enjoyed their skiing holidays than they had planned. The winter was not spoiled by bad weather, but it were hackers who have ruined the whole thing. The hotel was in fact hacked, and only after the payment of ransom in the form of Bitcoins, they were freed from their rooms.
The hackers broke into the central, digital key system that is used by the hotel, like many hotels do. The hotel management was not possible to reprogram the keys.
The hackers were not looking for a great spoil: they demanded Bitcoins were about 1500 euros. The hotel saw no other way and payed this, and the key system worked normally. The hackers have left open a loophole to break back in again.
It is not the first time that a ransom is demanded after such a hack. In the United States a hospital was attacked in the same way last year and a Canadian university was affected similar.
Manager Christoph Brandstaetter said to a local newspapar that they are done with hackers and they are going to take rigorous measures, simply by normal locks with real keys to the doors, as they started 111 years back.