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« on: August 10, 2008, 01:57:21 PM »

I can't make this stuff up:

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"What do Shrinky Dinks, credit cards and paperclips have in common? They can all be used to duplicate the keys to Medeco 'high-security' locks that protect the White House, the Pentagon, embassies, and many other sensitive locations. The attack was demonstrated at Defcon by Marc Weber Tobias and involves getting a picture of the key, then printing it out and cutting plastic to match both credit cards and Shrinky Dinks plastic are recommended. The paperclip then pushes aside a slider deep in the keyway, while the plastic cut-out lifts the pins. They were able to open an example lock in about six seconds. The only solution seems to be to ensure that your security systems are layered, so that attackers are stopped by other means even if they manage to duplicate your keys."

Huh. Better stock up now - they won't last on the market much longer once the government gets word of this.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2008, 02:20:37 PM »

They do need a picture of scan of the key;thats kind of like getting a head start.  For the test a company bought a lock and mailed the hackers a scan of the key.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2008, 05:44:06 PM »

What are Shrinky Dinks?
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2008, 07:48:29 PM »

Quote from: Lordnine on August 10, 2008, 05:44:06 PM

What are Shrinky Dinks?

They were (and apparently still are) a kind of clear plastic sheet that you could color in, cut out and then put in the oven to shrink and harden them. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2008, 09:00:48 PM »

Frankly, I'm still amazed the things (Shrinky Dinks) are still around. I mean, like the Easy Bake Oven, aren't those things even remotely dangerous?
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