By Elinor Mills
July 21, 2008
NEW YORK--I feel much less secure after attending the Last HOPE
conference this weekend.
Not only is my personal information at risk every time I log onto the
Internet and use a cell phone headset or passport, but even my gym
locker, bike, and home can easily be accessed with the proper tools and
In the popular Lockpicking Village area at Last HOPE (Hackers on
Planet), I watched guys twirl little pins in all types of locking
devices. For some, it took less than a minute to get the locks to snap
open. One lock picker even showed how to open an ordinary padlock with
just a piece of aluminum from a beer can. (See video demo below.)
If I'm worried, how do they feel at the Pentagon and the White House?
Medeco, the lock that secures the doors in those two places and at
high-security agencies around the world, had been un-crackable for 40
years--until last year. And now there's a book about the lock's
shortcomings called Open in Thirty Seconds.
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