This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes digital locks hit by ransomware; social media location sharing; and more.
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Austrian hotel hit by ransomware, reports overblown?
News circulated around the internet roughly a week ago about an Austrian hotel, the Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, which was hit by ransomware impairing the use of the properties’ electronic locks for guestrooms, but as Wired and The Verge both pointed out, some of the media reporting has exaggerated the specifics of the situation.
Essentially, the hack, in which the hotel was denied use of those locks as cybercriminals were demanding a fee be paid. Guests were not caught in their rooms, as initially reported, but it kept new guests stuck in the hotel lobby and forced the hotel to resort to more classic locks.
Wired said ransomware is something to be mindful of.
Samsung’s take on hotel tech
South Korean technology giant Samsung has shared some of its opinions on the state of technology in the hotel industry, with a recent report on the dominant technologies in the space and what they expect to be impactful.
Those trends include virtual and augmented reality, voice activation and guest-facing mobile apps.
WhatsApp betting on location sharing
Hotel News Now has written in the past about how some in the hotel industry are making a bet on the expansion of location technology on property, and now Tech Crunch has a report that Facebook’s WhatsApp platform is looking to expand in the realm of location sharing, even as the Facebook flagship might be shying away.
WhatsApp is apparently beta testing “real-time location-tracking” that allows users of the platform to constantly share their locations with friends.
Compiled by Sean McCracken.