Thanks for posting. Knowledge is power and this is important stuff for
people to know.
As a non-malicious hacker type, I always tell people that safeguards and
security only keep honest people and the idiots out of your private stuff.
...That is unless you actually take the time to learn for yourself what it
is you are dealing with.
If you buy an off the shelf product, software package, etc. and don't know
how it works, you can never know what actual weaknesses exist.
I thrive on random information and love seeing stuff like this but shudder
when I think that the information was covered by Wired and will make it to
the thieves and dishonest out there before the manufacturers can provide a
In this case, the fix won't help someone who bought the product yesterday or
last year, etc.
Wish I could attend DefCon personally - but don't want my photo and name on
the government's hit list either. <grin>
This is not directly related to metalworking but the concepts apply so
closely to the design work many of us do that I feel it was close enough to
being on topic that it counts... If that matters to anyone.
Joe Agro, Jr.
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On Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:49:13 -0400, "Joe AutoDrill"
I went some years back, with a cryto professional friend who was also
going to the preceding Black Hat conference. Interesting, though my
lack of blue hair and/or copious beard left me feeling a bit out of
place. ;-) I skipped the lock-picking workshops- but there was an
interesting talk on quantum computing by an MIT researcher.
The Feds were actively recruiting there, BTW.
Way off the metalworking topic now, but I read his mini-article that was
published on the subject. Interesting. Way over my head, but interesting.
Doesn't surprise me. The best tech people come from these melting pots in
my opinion. The brightest minds think so far outside the box that it is
often considered "wrong" by others for lack of understanding... Or because
it's wrong sometimes too. <G>
I can get through a typical door lock in a few seconds. 14" channel lock
plier, grab the base of the dead bolt and twist. The "high" quality pot
metal breaks easily and once the lock mechanisim is gone the bolt can be
reached and popped open with a screw driver. Of course the lock is junk, but
the person wanting to get in don't care! With a minor amount of care there
is no damage to the door either, and very little noise. I managed apartment
buildings for a few years and every so often I popped locks off to gain
access to an apartment. Replacing the lock was cheaper than a locksmith.
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