Students Create a Locksmith Robot

Some engineering students at Olin College have built a robot that can crack the combination of any MasterLock brand combination lock. The complimentary GUI gives you the combination once it's done cracking, and offers "entertainment options" (like pictures of monkeys, and links to CNN and GrooveShark) while it's… » 3/10/11 10:13pm 3/10/11 10:13pm

A Baby Was Trapped Inside a Time-Locked Bank Vault By Herself

In Georgia, a 14-month-old toddler wandered away from her mother inside a bank. Crazy, I know. What's even crazier is that the baby managed to walk inside an open bank vault that locked as the bank closed (and wouldn't open again until the bank opened). After cameras spotted the baby on security cameras inside the… » 2/26/11 5:00pm 2/26/11 5:00pm

Software Can Duplicate Your Keys Using a Photo Taken From 200 Feet Away

There are skilled locksmiths out there that can reproduce a key from high-resolution images, but new software developed by computer scientists at UC San Diego has simplified the process to a frightening degree. In fact, their "Sneakey" system can reproduce a key with only a grainy cellphone image or, in one case, a… » 10/30/08 6:00pm 10/30/08 6:00pm

Medeco High Security M3 Locks Hacked With Easy Credit Card Trick

With all the hacks going on this weekend at DefCon, the world's largest annual hacker convention, perhaps the most embarrassingly easy to crack was Medeco's high-security locks. According to a group of security researchers, all you need to get into an Medeco M3 lock, used in sensitive facilities such as the White… » 8/09/08 7:00pm 8/09/08 7:00pm