The Dark Side of Convenience
The premium movie playing on Adam Laurie’s hotel room TV screen may not necessarily be one he paid for, perhaps not one intended for his room at all. One night out of boredom, Laurie said, he became interested in his hotel room’s TV remote handset and, in the process of exploring it, gained access to premium services, to other guests’ accounts, and to the hotel’s main billing server.
Unless they are accessing the Weather Channel or CNN, most people do not give the common hotel TV remote a second thought. Then again, most people are not Adam Laurie. He is the chief security officer and director of a London-based networking company called Bunker Secure Hosting, housed inside a decommissioned missile silo ...