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
"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
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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