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7th December 2016 Issue no. 340
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Their unique construction removes the known weak point, meaning they are able to endure stresses and strains for far longer than other Honda and Toyota remote cases on the market.
By Marc Weber Tobias
This is the fourth of a series of articles about the compromise of mechanical locks by various bypass tools and techniques. They were on display at a security meeting of locksmiths, law enforcement, and manufacturers in the Czech Republic last month. In three previous articles I described electro-picks and the Sputnik tool to rapidly open almost all pin tumbler cylinders, which are the most popular in the U.S. and around the world. The global expert in automotive tools also demonstrated how the latest locks that are installed in Volkswagen Audi Group cars can be opened in seconds. In this final article, we will explore law enforcement software to generate keys with 3D printer technology.Full Story
Nearly 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers were hit by network outages - an attack reportedly aimed at hijacking consumer routers. The attack, which began on Sunday and continued till Monday, rendered the victims without internet service on the weekend. According to the company, this is the second such large-scale attack on internet-connected devices since late October.
By Marc Weber Tobias
This is the third in a series of articles on the ability to rapidly compromise the security of mechanical locks, using electro-pick guns and the Sputnik tool developed by a burglar in Germany about thirty years ago (and that is still one of the most effective in opening pin tumbler cylinders). The tools were demonstrated at a recent meeting of locksmiths and security experts in the Czech Republic and graphically illustrate the need for multiple layers of security so that locks are not the only protection that is relied upon against entry.
Motor vehicles have always been a target for many reasons and by many diverse groups. The most obvious are thieves who want your valuables that you leave inside, as well as accessories, airbags, radios, stereos, and other items. Auto theft is also a significant problem in many parts of the world and sophisticated gangs are quite adept at stealing cars, trucks, SUVs and just about anything that moves on highways. But thieves are not the only ones that want to get into vehicles. Law enforcement, anti-terrorism units, repossessors, tow-truck companies and locksmiths also have different motives for accessing your vehicle.Full Story
When looking at door hardware, it may at first appear to be a simple choice that can be broken down into three broad factors: appearance, functionality, and cost, i.e. what type of hardware looks best, does what I need it to do right now and is the cheapest method of fulfilling the requirement.
The video has been put together to celebrate Ironmongery Direct's search for the Tool Trickster of 2016, in the hope that others will join in and have a go at sharing their very own trade tricks.
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MediaConcepts, an innovative provider of integrated digital solutions for global hospitality organisations, has integrated its mobile application, Priscilla, with SALTO System's access control system.
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Axim Architectural Hardware are delighted to launch2 new innovative remote access products, the ES-2100 Electric Strike and the LK2100 Reversible Deadlatch delivering market leading products which surpass other leading brands.
Axim ES-2100 Electric Strike: To meet the ever changing demands of the hardware market and specifiers installation requirements the new Axim ES-2100 Electric Strike series is a remote access control device, suitable for doors fitted with the Axim LK-2100 deadlatch product.
As part of its commitment to the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) and Skills for Security apprenticeship partnership, ASSA ABLOY hosted the 10 apprentices signed up to the Locksmith Level 2 Apprenticeship.
Two of Allegion's leading door control solutions, the SimonsVoss MobileKey and Briton 571 EL, will be showcased live at Jewson Live, UK's biggest trade show for construction industry professionals.
The SimonsVoss MobileKey, developed as the latest access control solution for medium to large buildings, can control up to 20 doors and assign access to 100 users at a time. The Briton 571 EL, launched in October, is the latest electromechanical panic exit innovation that gives electronic access control while also pairing it with panic exit functionality. Access control systems such as the SimonsVoss MobileKey can be linked to the Briton 571 EL. The show takes place on Thursday 15th December 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham.
GJD a world class manufacturer of advanced presence detection, LED illuminators and security lighting systems has partnered with Videcon who is a leading trade-only distributor of security products and services.
GJD's D-TECT IP range of motion detectors now have direct integration with the Concept Pro VHDIPV2 recorders. The result of this is fast and efficient installation with low maintenance costs. Neil Hennessy, GJD's Technical Sales Manager commented: "We are really pleased with this new integration and are confident that professional security installers will find this partnership extremely beneficial."
The VASP Partner Day was designed to demonstrate how much Hikvision appreciates its partners and their contribution to the video surveillance industry.
'Aligarh' has been synonymous with locks since the Mughal era but now its struggling lock industry which employs over one lakh (100,000) people is facing grim prospects, with demonetisation adding to its woes.Full Story
Attacker demanded $73,000. Black Friday was a dark day for San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency, as an apparent crypto-ransomware infection spread across the Muni system's networks, taking down ticketing for Muni's train stations and systems used to manage the city's buses. The operator of the ransomware demanded $73,000 in exchange for restoration of Muni's data, according to a report from the San Francisco Examiner.
The malware's effects were visible on screens in station agents' booths at multiple Muni train stations, which displayed the message, "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted." The ransom message gave an e-mail address that has been tied to ransomware attacks with variants of malware known as Mamba and HDDCryptor, a class of crypto-ransomware first identified from differentFull Story
Authorities have announced plans to give refugee groups the proceeds from a huge sale of love locks that were removed from Paris bridges last year.
Since then, the 65 tonnes of love locks (this inludes 20 tonnes taken from the nearby Pont de l'Archevêché) have been gathering dust. But not for much longer.Full Story
By Liam Thorp, The Bolton News
A mystery Good Samaritan has fitted new security locks at the flat where a 96-year-old war veteran and his 88-year-old wife were burgled. The Horwich-based locksmith was moved after reading the news of the burglary at sheltered accommodation at the end of last month.
On the evening of October 30, a callous thief forced his way through a window at the elderly couple's home while they were inside and stole their treasured wedding and engagement rings as well as the man's army papers - which he had kept with him for decades.Full Story
Longtime Hermosa Beach locksmith Frank Hallstein Sr. passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at the age of 90. Hallstein was born in Tarrytown, New York and graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy with a master's degree in science and engineering.
He then served as an officer Lt (JG) in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, Halletstein worked as an engineer at Dayton, Brown, Bell Aircraft, Bendix Systems, TRW, Hughes and Litton Industries. He was the national president of the Institute of Environmental Sciences in 1973.Full Story
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Paul Cooper recently left his job as a police officer to focus on his mobile app which helps bobbies on the beat. Paul struck gold at the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 after his app, Pocket Sergeant was declared the winner in the Mobile App category. Paul, a former Spalding officer lives in Market Deeping, Cambridgeshire.
There is a significant spike in property claims when winter draws in, with November, December and January the most active months of the year for thefts and attempted break-ins. Winter time makes it easier for burglars and vandals to hide under the cover of darkness, and unoccupied properties are far easier targets than premises which are occupied.