European hotel chain Nordic Choice Hotels has identified the source of a ransomware attack on its computers. After booking lists, customer data, room occupancy and even the key card system were compromised in early December 2021, the chain is completely switching to ChromeOS and turning its back on Windows.
European hotel chain turns to ChromeOS
After a fierce ransomware attack against European hotel chain Nordic Choice Hotels on Dec. 2, 202, the internal IT department has pinpointed the problem. As tech director Kari Anna Fiskivik confirmed to E24 magazine a full switch to ChromeOS is now underway.
Even before the attack, Nordic Choice had begun to make the switch to Google’s operating system for older notebooks. Now, all of the company’s 3,500 Windows laptops are being replaced with Chromebooks.
For the hotel chain, this was the much faster and more practical solution. After all, patching the security hole would have taken several hours of work time per notebook and would have involved huge travel costs to each individual hotel.
Thanks to the support of CloudReady and Google, the changeover was realized much faster. The first 2,000 notebooks had already been completely converted from Windows to ChromeOS within two days. Around 3,500 laptops have now already been converted to Google’s operating system, only 250 notebooks are currently still using Windows and have been freed from malware, Fiskivik continues.
ChromeOS enjoys growing popularity among businesses precisely because of the operating system’s increased security compared to Windows. Chrome Enterprise and Google Workspace also make it much easier to manage corporate notebooks on a corporate network. ChromeOS is predominantly used on Chromebooks. Acer has just introduced three new notebooks of this series at CES 2022.