Googleplex RFID Keycard System is vulnerable to hackers

The RFID Keycard System which secures the employees working in Googleplex, the corporate headquarters of the Alphabet Inc subsidiary is reported to be vulnerable to hackers. The security flaw was discovered by an engineer named David Tomaschik working for the web search giant last week and he adds that hackers who gain access to the security flaw could easily lock their colleagues out of the office.

As per the sources reporting to Cybersecurity insiders, Tomaschik found the flaw in July while working for the internet juggernaut’s Sunnyvale office in California. He put an extra effort in August to manipulate the system, locking and unlocking the office doors connected to the keycard security system which was being managed by the hardcoded encryption key provided by Software House.

As the engineer was able to invade the keycard security system without a trace, even Google couldn’t figure out any unauthorized attempt of the doors being exploited by hackers.

Now, that the flaw has been disclosed to the world, the web search giant has decided to take extra steps to block all future invalid access to the security system.

Software House is aware of the whole saga but isn’t ready to comment yet.

Googleplex’s latest security incident highlights how IoT devices are vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Note- Googleplex is the corporate headquarters of Google located in Mountain View, California. It has 3,000,000 square feet of office space, comprising of 8 buildings, all covered by solar panels rooftops producing 1.6 Megawatts of electricity.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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