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Date posted: 08/08/2010
Security maverick Marc Tobias showed hackers on Saturday how simple it is to defeat some of the world's top high-tech locks.
"These locks might be winning awards but they are forgetting the basics," Tobias said while giving AFP a first-hand look at how to crack several models. "They might be clever, but they aren't secure."
A Biolock model 333 designed to scan fingerprints and unlock for chosen people was opened by simply pushing a paper clip into a key slot.
An Amsec ES1014 digital safe was breached by sliding a flat metal file folder hangar through through a crack at the edge of the door and pressing an interior button allowing the access code to be reset.
Tobias grew passionate when it came to an award-winning electromagnetic lock made in China for Finland-based iLoq.
The innovative iLoq used the action of a key being pushed into the lock to generate power for electronics that then checked data in a chip on the key to determine whether the user is cleared for access.
Tobias and lock-cracking colleague Tobias Bluzmanis pointed out that the iLoq design counted on a small hook being tripped to reset the devices as a key was removed.
In what they referred to as a viable inside attack possible on locks geared for office settings, someone could borrow a key and shave tiny bit of metal from the tip and it would no longer catch the iLoq reset hook.
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