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SECURITY EXPERTS TO DISCLOSE MAJOR FLAWS AFFECTING OVER 95% OF ALL LOCKS




SECURITY EXPERTS TO DISCLOSE MAJOR FLAWS AFFECTING OVER 95% OF ALL LOCKS
SECURITY EXPERTS TO DISCLOSE MAJOR FLAWS AFFECTING OVER 95% OF ALL LOCKS



http://www.2600.com/news/view/article/10589 

2600 News
2 June 2008

This summer, hackers from around the world will be teaming up with lock 
picking and security experts to show the public exactly how insecure 
their locks are. Recent studies have proven that locks of all varieties 
(including so-called "high security" locks) can be compromised, some by 
persons with a minimal skill.

Attendees at The Last HOPE conference in July will learn firsthand about 
security vulnerabilities inherent in standard lock designs, from the 
most common ones used on our front doors to the high security models 
used by industry and in government. Attempts to alert the security 
industry to these dangers have not met with much success, which is why 
we believe it is in the public interest to demonstration certain methods 
of bypass.

"Manufacturers can't produce bug-free products, and that's a big 
problem," says Marc Weber Tobias, a lawyer and leading security expert. 
According to Tobias, "since the industry is not taking the lead, it is 
ironic that it has fallen upon the hackers to make these security risks 
public." In a recent interview (May 21, 2008 edition of Off The Hook) 
and a soon to be released book, he highlights specific problems with the 
locks sold by many of the major manufacturers, including everything from 
the common household products of Kwikset and other consumer lock 
manufacturers, to the supposed high security locks produced by such 
companies as Mul-T-Lock, Assa, and Medeco. The vulnerable high security 
locks are currently in wide use by branches of the U.S. military, 
federal agencies, and at many private facilities to protect critical 
infrastructure.

Many specialists in the field will be leading demonstrations, classes, 
and lectures at the conference.

To preregister, visit http://store.2600.com/lasthope.html 
To submit a speaker proposal, email speakers (at) hope.net
To become a vendor, email vendors (at) hope.net
To volunteer to help us run the conference, email volunteers (at) hope.net
To visit the official Last HOPE website, go to http://www.hope.net 

Contact: HOPE Staff +1 631 751 2600
hope (at) hope.net 


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