Remember the rumor about hotel keycards storing all sorts of data, such as your credit card info? It's the story that wouldn't die. Despite being called a hoax over and over again by a variety of sources, it popped up again a couple months ago in a Computerworld blog. Now, the NY Times has picked up on the story and says that hotels are so sick of answering questions about this that they're actively looking for alternatives to hotel keycards. Two other interesting tidbits in the article. The author of the Computerworld blog post, Robert Mitchell, who commented on our last post defending his original posting, is apparently collecting keycards from a variety of hotels and will try to prove that the data is on those cards. However, his original source will no longer talk to him and refused to discuss the matter with the NY Times reporter, claiming that the story had hurt his business. This is strange. If he's confident that he's right, then a simple demonstration would clear up any questions, make him a hero, shut up the doubters, and (you would think) help his business. It is possible, of course, that the key cards do contain the data, though it's unclear why that would ever make sense. Also, by now, given all the hype on this topic, you would hope that any hotel or keycard maker would have ditched such cards by now if they really did exist. Either way, we await Mitchell's eventual findings.
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