Key-card locks can be easily picked

August 5, 2007

clipped from www.physorg.com

Hackers gathered in Las Vegas on Saturday showed ways to crack electronic key-card systems and deadbolt locks used at security-sensitive places including the White House and the Pentagon.     If you cant physically protect your computer you are screw ...
Hackers gathered in Las Vegas on Saturday showed ways to crack electronic key-card systems and deadbolt locks used at security-sensitive places including the White House and the Pentagon. “If you can’t physically protect your computer, you are screwed,” said Zac Franken, a hacker who engineered a way to outwit door locks relying on key cards.

“Most people think that computers inside buildings are secure. How many computers do you see left logged on at night?”
Medeco deadbolt locks relied on worldwide at embassies, banks and other tempting targets for thieves, spies or terrorists can be opened in seconds with a strip of metal and a thin screw driver, Marc Tobias of Security.org demonstrated for AFP.
“Medeco has one of the best designed locks in the world, but with this kind of attack it’s all irrelevant.”
Tobias says he refuses to publish details of “defeating” the locks because they are used in places ranging from homes, banks and jewelers to the White House and the Pentagon.
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