One of Europe’s most luxurious hotels has admitted paying 1,500 euros (£1,279) to cyber blackmailers who hacked into their electronic key system and locked scores of guests in their rooms.
The hackers promised to restore the system at the Seehotel Jaegerwirt in the Austrian Alps quickly if 1.74 bitcoins (1,500 euros) was transferred to them.
The managers of the four-star lakeside hotel at Turracher Höhe in in Styria said they had decided to come clean about the incident as a warning to others.
A story that’s been circulating over the past week — “Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms” — should be taken with a little more than just a pinch of salt.
According to a report (since amended) by The Local, the computer system at the four-star Austrian hotel, the Seehotel Jaegerwirt, was hacked and its electronic key system hijacked. Guests were reportedly locked in their rooms by hackers until a Bitcoin ransom worth €1,500 was paid. As a result of the hack, the hotel’s managers have decided to change from electronic locks to good old-fashioned keys.