By Elinor Mills
Security - News.com
August 8, 2008
LAS VEGAS -- Don't have special lock-picking skills or equipment but
want to pick a high-security lock?
A security researcher explained at the Defcon hacker conference here how
to make a fake key out of a credit card that can open certain types of
Medeco M3 locks used in the White House, Pentagon, and high-security
areas around the world.
You need to make a picture of a legitimate key to have an image to
transpose onto the plastic, which means an insider or someone with
access to the key would need to cooperate, said Marc Weber Tobias, a
lawyer who has written a book about breaking into high-security Medeco
locks called Open in Thirty Seconds.
Basically, someone could grab an image of the key with a camera, cell
phone, copy machine or scanner, print the image on a label or sheet of
plastic, and cut along the outline with an X-Acto knife.
"Everybody has known about this forever with conventional locks, like
Kwikset," Tobias said. "But high-security locks advertise that they have
key control, especially Medeco."
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