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26th October 2016 Issue no. 334
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By Marc Tobias
This is a four-part series on how the security of locks can be quickly circumvented with simple to sophisticated tools produced for locksmiths and government agencies. There is a specialized group of security experts, tool designers, and manufacturers that offer some incredibly well-engineered, clever, and often-sophisticated devices to open just about anything imaginable from the highest security cylinders to safes and even the most expensive cars.
Part I: Opening pin tumbler locks in seconds with Electro-picksFull Story
The first Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for security-related hardware, software, and services will grow from $73.7 billion in 2016 to $101.6 billion in 2020.
According to new data from Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, cyber security attacks are on the rise. But even more alarming is the fact that small businesses have become an even bigger target of these attacks. In 2011, small businesses were only targeted 18 percent of the time. By 2014, that number had scaled to 34 percent. Last year we saw another substantial increase, with small businesses now being targeted 43 percent of the time.
In high footfall buildings such as schools, offices and hospitals, it is often the case that employee and staff entrances will also be one of the fire exits for the building.
by Brian Krebs
The European Commission is drafting new cybersecurity requirements to beef up security around so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as Web-connected security cameras, routers and digital video recorders (DVRs). News of the expected proposal comes as security firms are warning that a great many IoT devices are equipped with little or no security protections.Full Story
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This Week's News
It’s home security month and a new study of the UK’s home security measures by Ironmongery Direct has been released in infographic format. For the entire locksmith and security industry, the results contained within are worth analysing, as they paint a promising picture for both sectors for many years to come.
The report studied the Office for National Statistics’ latest security release and found that there are 1,920 burglaries per day in the UK. This breaks down to 1.33 burglaries per minute! While this figure is down 71 per cent from similar statistics 20 years ago, the threat of burglary still illustrates the demand for good security measures in order to protect a homeowner.
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Google is trialling a new method for reducing scams, forcing plumbers and locksmiths to go through an advanced verification process to appear in local search results.
The search engine giant is putting the extra security measures in place to stop con artists who appear in local Google search results. The locksmith scam is the most well-known, but other trade types have also been targeted.
The advanced verification process is currently being trialled on plumbers and locksmiths based in the Greater San Diego area of California, but in the future it may be rolled out to more businesses. There's speculation that it may eventually apply in the UK, and that more trade types will be affected.Full Story
No trick just treats this Halloween from Tradelocks as they put on some very special promotions! Until Thursday the 27th of October you can get your hands on the latest innovation from KeyDIY - the KD900+ - for just £99 + VAT!
The KD900+ works in the exact same way as the KD900 but instead of a standalone machine it works with your smartphone. The KD900+ comes with remotes, cables, blades and a UBS just like its predecessor; however the machine must be switched on and connected via Bluetooth to your mobile phone.
Bike riders worry constantly that their machine will get stolen whenever it's locked up on the street. Well, a US company might mean you'll never have to worry again after developing a lock that is sure to make would-be thieves vomit. Literally.
Called SkunkLock, this steel U-Lock is designed with a built-in deterrent of very potent and legally compliant gas that escapes when the lock is cut open.
This formula has the ability to compromise sight, cause shortness of breath, induce vomiting and permanently sticks to the clothes worn by the bike thief. Although someone has pointed out that the effects of the lock during shipping, or to innocent bystanders might be an issue...
By Josh Chin
Security experts are questioning efforts by a Chinese electronics company to fix problems with webcams hijacked in a major attack on U.S. internet infrastructure, highlighting the complexity of the security threat posed by internet-connected devices.
In a statement released through social media on Monday, surveillance-camera manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co., said it had issued software patches and planned to recall webcams from the U.S. after reports linked the devices to the massive denial-of-service attack that made websites including Twitter and Netflix unreachable for part of the day Friday.
Xiongmai pushed back against the idea that its devices played a key role in the attack, but said it nevertheless wanted to "face the problem head-on and put customers' interests first."Full Story
Pickersgill-Kaye has won another significant order from Hitachi Rail Europe to manufacture emergency door handles, this time for the fleet of AT300 bi-mode electric/diesel trains being built for Great Western Railway.
The fleet of AT300 trains are closely related to the 800 and 801 trains Hitachi is supplying for the multi-billion pound Intercity Express Programme (IEP), one of the biggest rail projects in the world for which Pickersgill-Kaye is already contracted to supply the Emergency Egress Device (EED) and Emergency Access Device (EAD) through to 2020.
Pull door handles from Alpro are being used on office buildings at Silverstone Business Park. The park is a high-performance technology and motorsport cluster adjacent to the Silverstone Circuit which is the current venue for the British Grand Prix.
The handles are Alpro's Functional 97 pull handles which cater for a broad user base since their wide diameter (38mm) makes them suitable for both general users and those who may have an impaired ability to grip.
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Police chiefs also expressed concern over the availability of the devices, some of which are disguised as pens to evade searches.Full Story
Commenting, show organiser Mick Friend said, "3D have been with us from the start and I'm really happy that they have decided to sponsor us in 2017, which will be their eighth year as exhibitors, and our biggest year yet. The show grows in size every year and we're only looking forward to further growth in future."
G4S is to supply its security staff with cameras which can spot suicide belts and guns through clothing in a bid to foil any Paris-style attacks, after agreeing deal with software development company Digital Barriers.
The security firm is understood to be giving the cameras to its staff working at large events such as sports fixtures or concerts with the intention of screening people more effectively, rather than traditional search methods, which take a longer amount of time and often lead to queues.Full Story
The Send for Help Group - the world's largest lone worker protection provider, are pleased to announce record growth and profits for the financial year 2015/16. The figures, published in Send for Help Limited's Annual Report found that for the year ending 31st March 2016, turnover was up 81% year-on-year and operating profits had also increased by 42% within the same period.
We welcomed visitors form a large section of Europe. The demonstration area was popular with visitors as we have a unique viewing system so the audience can sit and watch the experts explain their equipment rather than try and crowd around a vehicle.