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15th August 2012 Issue no. 133
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A hacker claims his $50 device can access millions of hotel rooms. A hacker has developed a device he says can act as a universal hotel key card to access millions of rooms around the world. Using a home-made gadget, security researcher Cody Brocious said he had mimicked a master key card to gain access to any room with an Onity lock.Full Story
Belgium to exclusively distribute the new innovative range of Vortex magnets and associated accessories.
Vemotion Interactive, specialists in live video transmission over low bandwidth connections, today announced a new unit that provides a reliable live video feed from virtually any location.
Employers of mobile staff such as cleaners, security and maintenance staff need a simple and cost effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce. Missed or late visits can jeopardise client relationships and manual processes add cost to payroll and invoicing. Understandably, given the prevailing difficult trading climate, clients are insisting on independent verification of visits. To keep on the right side of clients and gain an edge on competitors, employers of remote workforces are turning to electronic monitoring.
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In this, the final edition of Locks and Security News before we take our Summer break (we'll be back the first week in September) we are pleased to note that one of the most exciting and most talked about Olympics since WW2 has come to a successful conclusion. No terror outrages or major security mishaps took place during the event, although as we all know, there was plenty said beforehand!
But 'lessons have been learned' and the government says it will rethink using private companies to this extent for public security contracts in future.
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This Week's News
The Locksmiths Exhibition, the ONLY annual show for locksmiths, is virtually sold out for 2013, according to show organiser Mick Friend.
He says: "with over six months to go, the show has proved to be so popular with visitors and exhibitors alike that exhibitors are securing their stands very early so as to avoid disappointment."
The new agreement will see the UAP brand adorn the mid fascia of the stand along with the complete front fascia of the South Stand roof stand. The UAP brand name will also appear on the exterior of the South Stand, directly overlooking the busy Elland Road both on matchdays and non-matchdays.
The California Assembly is expected to vote again soon on Senate Bill 750 (Hernandez), which is sponsored by BMW and opposed by the Automobile Club of Southern California. The bill would permanently exempt BMW from a California law that requires manufacturers to provide vehicle owners safe and secure options to conveniently and quickly obtain replacement keys when their key is lost, stolen, or broken.
Keyprint has signed up to exhibit at the forthcoming auto locksmith's exhibition (ALEX) running over the weekend of the 27th and 28th October 2012 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
The Edinburgh based company is a leading trade-only supplier to the UK lock and key cutting industry with over 25 year's experience. They join an impressive list of the UK's top suppliers to the auto locks industry.
We are writing to correct the claims made by Lockdecoders regarding their latest tools in an article on your site, which I repeat vebatim;
"These are made mostly of Titanium. We have released two for the VAG group of cars. Vag 1 for the earlier one up and one down up to about 2001 and VAG 2-3 up to 2012 cars with two up and two down including the new Anti Lishi locks."
Security experts have been left reeling after a man swam ashore, scaled a fence and walked, dripping wet, into Kennedy Airport, defying a 100 million-dollar (£64 million) network of surveillance cameras and motion detectors.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees JFK Airport, quickly added police patrols to the airport perimeter and said it was investigating the security breach.Full Story
Dozens of padlocks with engravings of personal affection, known as "love locks'', have been clipped to a pedestrian fence on Sydney Harbour Bridge in recent weeks, and NSW Government's Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) isn't amused.
It claims these rusting locks are causing "safety and maintenance issues'' and will be removed.Full Story
Search-engine Google is at the centre of an embarrassing data privacy row after French and British regulators demanded access to all Wi-Fi data collected for its Street View site.
The move came when Google's legal advisor Peter Fleischer admitted in a letter sent on the 27th July to the UK information commissioner that personal data collected in 2008 and 2009 had not been destroyed.Full Story
Anyone who takes a photograph at high-risk locations is logged as a suspected terrorist on a vast network of secret spy cameras linked to the U.S. Government, according to leaked emails. People pointing cameras in New York are regarded as suspicious and the facial recognition images of them from the civilian CCTV are fed into a data centre run by U.S. firm TrapWire.Full Story
Three Sichuan native men were sentenced to between 27 and 45 months in jail and fined from 2,000 yuan ($314) to 3,000 yuan for stealing 28,200 yuan worth of goods from Audi vehicles using lock cracking devices they bought on the Internet, Songjiang District People's Court announced recently.
A security guard was injured when he was robbed as he filled up a cash machine at a college in East Kilbride. Police said the attack on the 56-year-old guard and his 45-year-old colleague by two men inside South Lanarkshire College was "particularly vicious."Full Story
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Figures released recently by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of recorded domestic burglaries has fallen four per cent compared to the previous year. The ONS, has attributed the decline in its figures to falls in large-volume offences such as vehicle crime and burglaries due to the rise in domestic security such as window locks, alarms.
Is already looking to be a great success with over 500 pre-registered vistors. The demonstration area is proving popular even though there is a charge for watching the live demos (show entry is free). Demonstrations are selling very fast. Hickleys are offering a £10 voucher for anyone attending their demos off show purchases.
The demonstration schedule for the Auto Locksmiths show in October (27th and 28th) is now available on the website. Book early to avoid disappointment:
The ICO has warned local authorities that they must consider their legal obligations before requiring the installation of CCTV equipment.
Transport Security Expo has been the leading international event for Aviation, Maritime, Public Transport and Supply Chain Security professionals for the past 10 years. Taking place on 14-15 November at London Olympia - Transport Security Expo comprises an extensive conference and workshop programme, supported by one of the largest dedicated technology exhibitions held internationally each year.