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7th August 2013 Issue no. 180
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Researchers at Security Research Labs have discovered a vulnerability on SIM cards, which will allow hackers to take control of a phone. The vulnerability relates to cards using Data Encryption Standard (DES), developed in the 1970s.
Security Research Labs said with over seven billion cards in active use, SIMs may well be the most widely used security token in the world.Full Story
SBD's forecast takes into account a number a potential growth scenarios to give our clients a more realistic market outlook and provides users with an easy-to-use interface to analyse the smart key market in Europe, including:
- Overall trends (unit sales, fitment rate, revenue)
Locking your keys in your car is a helpless feeling. You're on the side of the road and can't go anywhere, until a locksmith comes to rescue you.
Now a hidden camera investigation takes an eye opening look into just how much some of those locksmiths are charging stranded drivers. Are they jacking up the price once they're on the job?Full Story
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This Week's News
ALEX is only 11 weeks away – If you're serious about vehicle work, if you really want to know more, then this is the show for you. Held over two days at the East Midlands Conference Centre opening 0900 both days, Breakfast will be available on site as well as great food at realistic prices throughout the day.
If you have previously registered then you can just re-print your QR- fast entry code or if not then just register.
Hardware supplier VBH has added the automatic locking Maco Z-TA multi-point door lock to its range of keyless door locking solutions.
Suitable for all Eurogroove doors, Z-TA features 3 locking latches, 2 hooks and a central deadbolt. When the door is closed all 3 latches pull the sash in against the frame, providing compression over the full door height.
Following recommendations from the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, the UK Government has decided to propose a shake up to the way apprenticeship funding is handled in England.
Business Secretary Vince Cable announced proposals to give employers freedom to choose the training that is most relevant and cost-effective to the needs of the Apprentices and their businesses, choosing from a range of available courses.
All the locks on US nuclear missiles based in Britain had to be changed after an RAF technician discovered that his launch key also fitted in the slot reserved for an American operator.
The problem with the “dual key” control on Thor missiles occurred in the early 1960s but was kept from ministers and RAF commanders until 1983, files released last week by the National Archives disclose.Full Story
The Security Excellence Awards, organised by UBM Live, is pleased to announce the finalists for 2013. The industry’s most prestigious ceremony will once again present the worthy winners with their awards at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on 23rd October.
Carefully drawn up from the extensive number of entrants across the security industry, the finalists have been announced for the following categories:
Advanced Keys has released the latest application list for the new KeyDIY system that the company introduced recently. KeyDIY is a new replacement system for auto locksmiths that aims to save money, stock, and time. You can see the new application list here:
Skills for Security, the sector's Skills and Standards Setting Body, has announced that the new suite of standards for Security Search Operations have been approved by the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills.
As with all National Occupational Standards developed by Skills for Security, on behalf of the sector, the NOS for Event Security Operations will be freely available on the National Occupational Standards Database, which can be accessed via: www.ukstandards.org.uk
During this webinar attendees will learn about the latest trend in access control; PSAP (Physical Security Application Platforms). Attendees will learn why US Government agencies and corporate users are choosing to migrate away from access control panels to lower cost and more secure server based PSAP card authentication using IP encrypted door triggers.
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According to Access Control, a new Market Update from market intelligence provider Key Note, the UK access control market fell by 1.3% in 2012, after the market contracted by 1.6% in the previous year.
The Birmingham University co-authored paper highlighted security flaws in the security system used by Bentley, Porsche, Audi and others. The paper mathematically explored the software behind the code, highlighting many of the security holes and weaknesses of the system.
Volkswagen's request to block the paper's presentation was based on the fear that the information could "... allow someone, especially a sophisticated criminal gang with the right tools, to break the security and steal a car."
While the Dutch-and-British authors of the paper counter that "... the public have a right to see weaknesses in security on which they rely exposed ... industry and criminals know security is weak but the public do not."
Lockdecoders announce that qualified customers can now have extended credit for major purchases of £1500 and over.
Following the riots in London of August 2011, the Metropolitan Police will be holding a conference on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at New Scotland Yard for all representatives of the CCTV sector to discuss lessons learnt, good and bad practice and how to improve the overall effectiveness of CCTV.
Locks and Security News has been advised of an incident that we now pass on as a warning to others.
Workers are far more likely to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time says the British Safety Council. With the holiday season approaching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health and safety of young people hired for temporary, summer work.
A new 'intelligent' home alarm aims to make false alarms a thing of the past.
The Canary is connected to a wi-fi network, syncs with a users smartphone, and not only detects movement in the home, but sudden rises in temperature as well, signifying a possible fire. Once an alert is triggered the homeowner can either call police, remotely trigger the alarm, or just call a neighbour to check over the property. The more alerts sent, the more the device 'learns' the behaviour of the residents and aims to eliminate false alarms triggered by pets. The device will be available for around $199 or £129.
Pye will head up the ISM team, reporting to the Board with a remit to achieve what Stephen Smith Sales and Marketing Director describes as "Bold but attainable growth targets in the next 5 years."
KAPdiagnostics Ltd, a leader in next generation auto diagnostic equipment, has become the overall sponsor of this year's ALEX auto locksmiths exhibition which takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on the 26th and 27th October 2013.
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