An American researcher, Mike Davis, has discovered that certain black electronic locks can be hacked if the hacker can gain insight into the flow within the lock. Reuters writes that.
These are locks that are used in, among other things, ATMs, but also on board the aircraft of the American president and American army bases. According to Davis, older locks in particular can be hacked using the method, whereby small changes in the power consumption of a lock are monitored.
These small changes would make it possible to read the internal program from the lock. For this, the hacker must be able to physically reach the lock - in ATMs it is usually far below the machine.
'The US government is working on a solution'
Davis informed the US government and the DormaKaba company that makes the locks last year. The researcher is part of the IOActive security company and wants to present his research results on Friday at the Def Con hack conference in Las Vegas.
According to Reuters, the American government is conducting research and working on a solution. DormaKaba says he has no evidence that the hack was ever used in real life.