Well, my talk for Blackhat (My Arduino can beat up your hotel room lock) is over. Things could’ve gone better in terms of execution — went through it too quickly and ended up using 30 minutes of my 60 minute slot. But people really enjoyed it and I spent a good hour or so answering questions. Now it’s time to release everything. There’s still work to be done on the paper, but that will happen in time.
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I always figured the electronic system was more for show than anything… so: 1) always use the mechanical lock on the door (i.e, the chain), and 2) don’t leave anything that you care about getting swiped or messed with in your hotel room. I won’t go into the pros and cons of carrying a self-defense weapon with you; as laws vary by location and personal aptitude is a major factor.