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17th October 2012 Issue no. 140
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This new hacker invention may look like a harmless dry erase marker, but in truth it's the ultimate electronic lock pick. In a post titled 'James Bond's Dry Erase Marker,' hotel hacker Matthew Jakubowski demonstrates how anyone can build this pocket-sized device which will open the lock on an estimated 4 million hotel rooms.Full Story
A retired locksmith is leaving the door open for anybody who wants to make themselves at home in various areas of New York City's infrastructure. Daniel Ferraris, 69, of Union City, New Jersey, is reportedly not asking questions as he sells the keys, which have some crying foul over a possible security breach.Full Story
The U.S. government's "Fort Knox" of weapons-grade uranium storage has ended its contract with a unit of international security firm G4S, two months after an 82-year-old nun and other nuclear activists broke into the site.
Some government-approved organisations are under fire in Australia for providing security guard qualifications to people without any training, with potentially deadly consequences.
The following is a transcript taken from ABC's investigation into the system that's been exploited by 11,000 people in the past two years alone to avoid the tough training, probation and citizenship requirements in states like NSW and Victoria.Full Story
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The Auto Locksmiths Expo (ALEX) is now just two weekends away. If you are an auto locksmith (or would like to be) there will always be something for you to learn at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham 27th & 28th October. It's only going to rain anyway so you might as well spend the time profitably! If you are an exhibitor, please respond as soon as possible with your exhibit information as requested, which will be put online for you next week.
On another matter, there has been much talk lately about social media, mostly about Google and the way it handles all the data it collects whenever you do a web search or visit YouTube or send an email via gmail. Forgive me for asking the obvious, but isn't social media supposed to be social, not commercial media? That's what Locks and Security News is. What do you think? Do you get annoyed when so-called social media is hijacked by commercial enterprises? Please give us your views news
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This Week's News
The Standards Development team at Skills for Security has been working with representatives from the security systems sector to review the National Occupational Standards.
It is now time for wider consultation on the changes that have been made and all practitioners in the sector are invited to have their say. This is an important part of the review process and all comments will be considered by the working group.
The Hickleys Automotive Academy has achieved another significant accreditation that further strengthens its leading position in the training of Ministry of defence personnel after achieving the coveted CTP (Career Transition Partnership) preferred supplier status.
By Rachael Williams
Police have come under fire in the current row over locksmiths which overcharge for their services after it was revealed that officers had been recommending companies suspected of ripping off clients.
The scandal came to light when one caller who had been recommended a shoddy firm by police made a formal letter of complaint.Full Story
A jail boss request for an urgent security upgrade at the front gate of Sydney's Long Bay jail to stop contraband being smuggled into prison has been rejected because the site is on the NSW Heritage List.
Australia's Sunday Telegraph can reveal that a request for an X-ray machine and walk-through metal detector was refused as it would disturb the historical aspects of the jail.Full Story
The news has been full of stories recently regarding burglars stealing car keys and house keys from hallways without even entering the home. They are doing this through a method which is becoming more and more common, key fishing or letter plate fishing.
An award-winning Essex firm which designs and manufactures impenetrable GPS tracking solutions for the disruption of serious crime and terrorism is planning on going global after having worked with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to expand its sales activities across key international markets.
ACTentry V-IP allows any staff member on a computer network to receive video and audio over IP directly to their computer in order to screen visitors at a building entrance and then grant or deny them access.
According to the Calgary Herald the escalating threat of cyber attacks requires a rethink in the government's security priorities, experts and opposition critics said Friday in the wake of a stark warning from the American defense secretary about potentially devastating Internet-based threats.Full Story
A man who breached security to approach Australian PM Julia Gillard was an identified troublemaker who spent 40 minutes visiting the restricted offices of the Wayne Swan and then-Speaker Peter Slipper without being apprehended by security staff.
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Customers want the convenience of smart key now, but are too concerned with security and reliability to accept a smartphone key system just yet, says SBD's latest customer survey. Data sourced from SBD's new customer survey - Cautious to Converted: A Survey Of Existing And Potential Smart Key Customers In EU.
High-definition closed-circuit television (CCTV) risks sparking a public backlash, according to the UK government's surveillance commissioner. Andrew Rennison told the Independent newspaper that "the technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it."
Surveillance cams now offer up to 29 megapixels, surpassing many cameras used by professional photographers.Full Story
An airport security worker has been suspended after she failed to spot a fake bomb designed to look like explosives as it passed through the X-ray machine. The guard did not detect the dummy explosive as it passed through Manchester Airport's 'air side' meaning it could have been taken on board a flight by a passenger.
It is believed that the woman missed the fake bomb because she was looking at her work rota at the time rather than watching the screen.Full Story
A charity is feeling as safe as houses thanks to a generous donation. More than £800 was stolen by thieves who raided the Grimsby and District Healthcare charity shop, in Freeman Street, Grimsby. Now, security and locksmith expert Richard Ellis has donated a new safe to the charity.Full Story
Two senior executives at G4S have resigned over the company's failure to deliver its contract for the London 2012 Olympics, but chief executive Nick Buckles has kept his job.
David Taylor-Smith, chief operating officer, and Ian Horseman-Sewell, managing director for G4S Global Events, are stepping down following the firm's failure to meet its Olympics commitments. The G4S board, though, has concluded Buckles should stay on "in the best interest of the company and all of its stakeholders."Full Story