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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
5th December 2012 Issue no. 147

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Hotel burglars suspected of exploiting lock security bug

Burglars seem to be exploiting a bug in widely used electronic door locks to steal from hotels. The bug was first publicised at a hacker conference in July, showing how a simple electronic device could unlock doors in seconds.

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Lockdecoders show in Ireland

Lockdecoders tell us that their one day show in ireland over the weekend proved to be a success despite the last minute change of venue.

"We had 15 visitors on the day who we were able to spend quality time with", says Peter Southern. "And we sold a couple of machines."


ESCAR (Embedded Security in Cars) is the world's leading conference on all aspects of IT security in vehicles and has been running since 2003.

Simple-minded spies: Belgian State Security employees overshare information on Facebook and LinkedIn

You'd never catch James Bond or Jason Bourne doing this, I'm sure: dimwits working for Belgium's State Security Service are reportedly sharing the name of their employer on social networking sites.

A report in local newspaper De Standaard says Belgian State Security officials and politicians charged with overseeing the civilian intelligence agency have already expressed concerns over the LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of certain employees.

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Vemotion launch security solution for transport asset protection

Vemotion Interactive, specialists in live video transmission over low bandwidth connections, have announced the launch of their new Transport Asset Protection solutions at the Transport Security Expo.

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Hotel door lock manufacturer Onity has now provided a security fix - some five months after the ease with which the integrity of the electronic card locks could be compromised was exposed at a US hacker's expo. It is known that some thieves have deliberately copied the hack and have entered hotel rooms and stolen valuables such as laptops. It is not known, or has not been reported, that anyone has been harmed due to this type of lock being bypassed. The questions being asked are: 1. surely products are tested to destruction before being released, in this case destruction being seen to mean 'rendered useless'? 2. Why did it take five months to fix?

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This Week's News

Event Security Operations NOS out for Consultation

The Standards Development team at Skills for Security has been working with representatives from Event Security companies to develop new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for this growing sector.

It is now time for the wider consultation and all practitioners in the sector are invited to have their say. This is an important part of the process to ensure industry-wide support for the final version of the NOS and all comments will be considered by the working group.

New business management tool will improve locksmith business processes

* Stapletons.jpgSecure Assure, the IT Business Services and Project Management specialist has launched a new product for businesses which aims to improve business efficiency.

A Career in 8 Weeks: trained and licensed security staff for your company

Mercury Training Services, in partnership with Skills for Security and JobCentre Plus, is offering funded security training for new entrants into the industry who are currently unemployed. It covers security guarding, CCTV, door supervision and conflict management and includes:

* a 2-week course assessment followed by 6 weeks security training for successful customers
* training in customer service skills, the ability to work in a team and to solve problems
* for those who successfully complete the course, Mercury Training Services will pay for their first Security Guarding licence.

UAP TradeLocks Ireland Open Day a great success

* UAP-Irish-cylinder.jpgUAP TradeLocks opened their doors on Sunday 25th November to welcome customers to their new offices in Dundalk, Ireland.

The British Government will set up a "Cyber Reserve" to boost the UK's online defences against security threats and cyber crime.

According to the first annual update of the government's cyber security strategy, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will run the operation and will bring in experts to support work protecting the country online.

Minister Francis Maude said in a written ministerial statement that the move was taken as the UK, which is "the most internet-based major economy", also suffers from cyber security breaches from "terrorists, fraudsters, rogue states and individual activists."

Hotel door lock firm Onity offering security fix

The firm that makes door locks with a well-publicised security vulnerability has said it is offering a fix. Onity makes locks for hotel rooms around the world, but a hacker revealed in July that a security flaw meant burglars could easily access the code to unlock them.

The company has been sharply criticised for taking five months to get to even this point.

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Securitas USA to provide interactive remote video monitoring security service

* Securitas-Milestone.jpgMilestone Systems' XProtect video management software (VMS) and Razberi Technologies' storage servers have been chosen as the solution to power a hosted monitoring service offered nationwide by Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. The monitoring centers using these combined technologies will be manned by Iverify Inc.

North West security vans offered armed police escort

Security vans carrying cash to shops and banks in the run-up to Christmas are being offered armed escorts. Police forces from across north west England have teamed up to crack down on cash-in-transit robberies and thefts from cash machines.

High-visibility and covert police patrols will escort the security vans as they make their deliveries. All cash containers will include either Smartwater or dye, which is released when they are opened illegally.

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Security Training Malpractice

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has issued a Press Statement (NR2712) announcing the withdrawal of 1001 training certificates following their investigation into allegations of training malpractice, in partnership with Awarding Organisation HABC.

Fireco's door solution at University of London

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Fireco Ltd. has recently supplied and fitted automatic door operators for use at the University of London's College Hall undergraduate hall of residence to help ease disabled access in a number of locations, including the reception area, dining hall and laundry.

Locks at the Tower of London changed after a burglar broke in and stole the keys!

The locks at the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, had to be changed after a burglar broke in and stole the keys. The intruder scaled gates and took the keys from a sentry post. Guards spotted him but according to reports, couldn't give chase as they are not allowed to leave their posts.

Thieves getting the message that war memorials are off-limits

Newly released figures have revealed that thefts from the nation's war memorials have fallen by around two thirds since the launch of an initiative to protect this key piece of the UK's heritage.

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