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Google’s Doors Hacked Wide Open By Own Employee

Google employee finds he can hack his own office doors open. Many could remain vulnerable, even if Google has secured its properties.

Last July, in Google’s Sunnyvale offices, a hacker found a way to trick doors into opening without the requisite RFID keycard. Luckily for Google, it was David Tomaschik, an employee at the tech giant, who only had good intentions.

When he sent his malicious code across the Google network, he saw the lights turn from red to green on the door to his office. Then came the satisfying thunk as the lock opened. It was the culmination of work in which Tomaschik had uncovered vulnerabilities in technology made by Software House, the creator of the office controllers managing the physical security of the California site…