From the archive, originally posted by: [spectre ]

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From: I. Levy
Date: Aug 25, 2006 1:26 PM

Lockpicking for the masses is hitting the street en’ masse, a reminder
that everything has a simple trick to it.

How many of us could never beat a Rubix Cube as a kid?  Not because we
weren’t smart enough, but because we WERE smart enough to know how it
worked, and were bored with the tedious veneration to the wonders of
the cult of 19th century science presented in the Rubix Cube.

Well, many who have an affinity for passing time this way, have grown
up and moved on to lockpicking (picking the kind of locks which are
used on your front door).  Regular competitions for lockpicking are
held at hacker conferences and the like.  Picking locks in the spirit
of sport, as well a clear obsession among various security-minded

And this month, once again, 19th century science again implodes in on
itself as the news of the ‘Bumping’ technique begins to reach the

Bumping a lock requires no special skills, and opens most locks in a
matter of seconds.

This year at the proceedings for Defcon 14, Marc Weber Tobias
presented on the topic of Bumping locks, and later at the ‘Defcon
Lockpicking Village’, an 11 year old girl opened a common 5 pin
cylinder in a matter of seconds- with no understanding of the
previously sacred principles involved in lockpicking.  You can view
the video, here:

Mark Weber Tobias has an in-depth article online here:
‘The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I)’

And another article here:
‘Bump keying: $1 keys open any lock’

A European News Expose has put together a fantastic expose’ here:

With that, should you endeavor to make a bump key, please be aware of
the legalities of the issue in your respective locale:

‘Laws of the world in relation to Lockpicking and Locksmithing’

Some locks have features designed to prevent bumping, Abloy, Medeco,
Primus, Miwa, Sargent, Dom, Mul-T-Lock to name a few, but every lock
has an eventual workaround.

Medeco, (one popular vendor for the the NYC market), recently has post
this press release (partially capitalizing on the recent Bumping

Editorial note:

The point of this story, big picture, is that we have yet another
reminder that everything, and everybody, can be hacked trivially. The
prevailing 19th century western beliefs the cult of science, moving
towards an end, is useless.  Everything is process- everything is
temporary, as everything possesses a trivial workaround which
undermines the essence of it’s being.  With that, as comical irony,
the ideals of the cult of science always serve to reflexively
undermine the very nature of their existence. In the context of this
news on lockpicking, a stern reminder is echoed that society is not
secured with locks- it’s secured with trust and faith- ideas we
maintain every day.

That stated, the Neistat brothers have a relevant commentary regard
society and locks, here:

Now everybody go Hack the Planet!