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HOT NEWS – 3D Printing Hackers Cracked “Secured” Keys

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    3D Printing Hackers cracked “Secured” Keys

    In an amazing development in Australia – or worrying, depending on which side of the lock you are on – a group of hackers in Melbourne has demonstrated their competence to use 3D printed keys to open security locks with highly restricted keyways. And how did they do it? By accessing the creations of the locks on publicly on the market patent sites.

    According to our research “Restricted keys are regulated by limiting make to expensive specialist locksmiths who need licenses and specific machinery to turn it into the keys”. Hackers have benefited of data becoming purely digital. I assume which with objects becoming both physical and digital, I like to say “digical”, hackers can enter our lives by the front door, reaching our cars, our fridges, our sofas, our homes, our bedrooms. With 3D Printing going into body parts creation, I believe we can hear future stories where a few can bring “life hacking” to the future level.

    The hacker, known as “Topy,” has by-passed the use of metal keys for restricted keyways, which are patented and not on the market to the general user, by via a 3D printing device to turn it into a high-strength plastic key which can be utilized numerous times.

    Darren Pauli, in an article for The Register, points out “The key blanks are frequently scalable vector images with exact measurements…” which calls into question how these XLM-based vector image formats can be protected.

    The security industry was created aware of the possibility of hackers making 3D printed keys as not long ago as December, 2015, in a presentation by Eric Wustrow titled “Replication Prohibited: 3D Printed Key Attacks,” Wustrow is a desktop science engineering student at the University of Michigan.

    “Topy” demonstrated his findings at BSides Canberra on April 15 and 16, next the Australian Cyber Security Centre Conference 2016. Participants and so joined him in hacking locks and assembling challenge locks.


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