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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

3D Printing Used To Hack "Secured" Keys

3D Printing Hackers Cracked “Secured” Keys (+Video)

Suzanne Crockett | April 21, 2016

[Blogger's note: The video is 44 min. and highly recommended for a full explanation of security risks with "Pin Tumbler Locks".]
In an exciting development in Australia – or worrying, depending on which side of the lock you’re on – a group of hackers in Melbourne has demonstrated their ability to use 3D printed keys to open security locks with highly restricted keyways. And how did they do it? By accessing the designs of the locks on publicly available patent sites.
According to our research “Restricted keys are controlled by limiting manufacture to expensive specialist locksmiths who require licenses and specific machinery to produce the keys”. Hackers have benefited from data becoming purely digital. I presume that with objects becoming both physical and digital, I like to say “digical”, hackers will enter our lives by the front door, reaching our cars, our fridges, our sofas, our homes, our bedrooms. 

"Restricted keys are limited by the manufacturer to reduce key duplication. Most just have “special” grooves in the key." Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Make me this key or I’ll… April 12, 2011) and (Keysforge web app lets you 3D print 'do not duplicate' keys based on a picture. Auguust 5, 2015); further: (Pin Tumber Lock)>

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