Hotel Keycard Urban Legend Comes Back… But With Attribution
from the have-things-chaned? dept
A couple years ago, an urban legend started spreading like wildfire that the hotel keycards you get contained all sorts of unencrypted information about you, including your credit card number and home address. It scared a bunch of folks for a while until it was pretty thoroughly debunked by Snopes and others. However, it’s now back. Computerworld is bringing the story back with almost all of the same details — but with one major exception. The writer there actually has a source: a Peter Wallace, who is apparently the IT Director at AAA Reading-Berks in Wyomissing, Penn. Wallace, apparently, carries a cheap card reader when he travels and has found a few hotels that he says do record much of the info that was rumored (and denied by many, many hotels) years ago. So, were the hotels lying? Did the urban legend give them the bright idea? Or is the story being mis-reported once again? The Computerworld writer doesn’t say how he found this info out from Wallace, or suggest why a hotel would ever want to include such info on a card when there’s almost no actual reason to do so.