Bump keying: $1 keys open any lock – Engadget

Bump keying: $1 keys open any lock – Engadget

Thanks to Buddy Ben for the pointer to this Engadget story/video on the death of locks. Think Kryptonite had it bad with the bike lock affair? You ain’t seen nothing. Couple seconds and 90 percent of all key-based locks can be “bumped” open. Load up on biometric stocks.

“…what would you say to the frightening truth that lying before the world these hundreds and hundreds of years we’ve been using tumbler locks, was a simple technique that allows an intruder to quietly, quickly, easily open any lock for the cost of a copied key? It’s called bump keying, and we can assure you it has nothing to do with certain white narcotics. By simply cutting some keys down to serrated-like edges of sharp, even peaks and valleys, an amateur can break into a home in less time than it takes to disassemble a bic pen.”

Funny, but in a random conversation today with a guy who’s ex-wife stashed all his valuables inside of a six-foot safe with a fingerprint reader, my wife came up with the demented solution to his speculation that even if he cut off the right finger and tried to swipe it, it would probably fail if it had a body-temperature sensor. My wife, nice lady, recommended microwaving the amputated digit up to body temperature.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Bump keying: $1 keys open any lock – Engadget”

  1. [quote]my wife came up with the demented solution to his speculation that even if he cut off the right finger and tried to swipe it, it would probably fail if it had a body-temperature sensor. My wife, nice lady, recommended microwaving the amputated digit up to body temperature.[/quote]

    Ah yes, but if it is capacitive sensing like I hear Thinkpad fingerprint readers are, would that even work?

  2. My wife, nice lady, recommended microwaving the amputated digit up to body temperature.
    Be very very afraid, afterall, even Annie Oakley could be dangerous.And, Mrs. Churbuck does have that West Virginia streak!

    Jim

  3. As they say, doors (with locks) only keep out the honest folk…I was surprised when I went to open my home safe the other day and found the hinges, which had been made out of plastic, were broken off. Note to self: fire safes are to protect valuables against fire, not crazed wives. The new fire safe is at an “off site” location I trust.

    Be careful – once wives start cutting off and microwaving digits it rarely stops at fingers. The end of this is both inevitable and ugly…

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