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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
28th August 2013 Issue no. 181

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Security researchers claim millions of sim cards vulnerable to hacking

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.

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Smart Key fitment in Europe to double in the next 5 years

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The smart key market is set to generate revenues of €7.5 billion in Europe by 2018 with fitment rates reaching 50% according to SBD's latest Smart Key Forecast.

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)
- Service trends (lock, unlock, smart & emergency operation)
- OEM trends (market share)
Supplier trends (market share, OEM contracts)

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Undercover Investigation: Car locksmith prices differ from ads

By Eric Flack

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?

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MOBOTIX launches M15 5 Megapixel Technology

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MOBOTIX AG has launched the new camera platform, M15 based on the new MOBOTIX 5 Megapixel Technology. It offers two exchangeable sensor modules and further builds on MOBOTIX 'innovative camera platform concept.

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This Week's News

The Bary Garage Door bolt

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"At Newstar we understand the importance of securing any garage", says the firm's Carla Messent. "Not just used to put a car in, many of them contain everything other than the car! Commonly used to store garden and DIY tools, bicycles, ladders, camping equipment and much more which can add up to a great deal of value."

Mul-T-Lock's New Padlock Revolution

Mul-T-Lock UK has launched a new animated video to highlight the importance of choosing the right level of padlock security for the right application. The new animation, which is now available to view on youtube includes common misconceptions of padlocks alongside hints and tips on choosing the right level of security.

High security padlocks are available from Mul-T-Lock to offer protection for residential or commercial premises, low risk applications or even with the latest WatchLock intelligent padlock, able to secure goods and valuable possessions in transit.

MAX6MUM SECURITY has a handle on it

* UAP-high-security-handle.jpgUAP Limited launches a two star door handle from MAX6MUM SECURITY, the affordable high security hardware brand for homeowners, to combat lock and handle snapping.

The new MAX6MUM SECURITY handle has passed thorough testing to achieve a two star TS 007; 2012 rating. This means that combined with the one star UAP+ Euro cylinder lock the handle gives an affordable way to the highest three star security rating.

Robbed at gunpoint responding to a call

Following our recent warning to auto locksmiths to take care, two men have recently robbed a locksmith at gunpoint near Sarasota, Florida, after calling him out claiming they needed their vehicle unlocked. 

The locksmith was responding to a call at an arranged location and when he went to fetch his tools, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded the locksmith's money. The suspect with the gun took the locksmith's wallet containing $1,400.00. Meanwhile the other suspect stole approximately $500 worth of tools.

Y3K teams up with newly promoted Premier League team Crystal Palace

* crystal-palace-vs-watford-med.jpgY3K, a recognised key innovator in CCTV surveillance, and a company with one of the widest product ranges in the industry, helps secure Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace football club's ground in South London.

Y3K is a preferred CCTV provider to the local South London club and has recently been involved in a major upgrade of the club's surveillance system. Paul Singh, managing Director of Y3K, comments on the club's recent success, where he is also an associate director.

Suspect in Florida locksmith scam surrenders

Florida Locksmith Wilson Rowan can finally get back to business as usual. An impostor who police say has been scamming his customers, including many from Palm Beach, with an organized fraudulent locksmith operation has turned himself in.

Rowan, whose company Wilson-Rowan Locksmith has been operating in West Palm Beach for almost a century, said he was ecstatic to hear of the arrest. He told police he had lost more than $50,000 in 2012 alone to this scam.

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New boss of security firm G4S to outline revival plan

The new boss of G4S faces a major test next week, when interim results give him an opportunity to show how he plans to improve the reputation and finances of the world's biggest security company following a series of blunders.

Gaffes including last year's last-minute failure to provide thousands of security guards for the London Olympics have complicated the company's efforts to win outsourcing contracts, especially in the UK, its home market.

Security skill training offer

OPTIMA Defence And Security Group, specialists in counter threat security and a trusted advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence has developed bespoke BTEC courses for young people interested in working in security.

Exceeding National Operating Standards, OPTIMA's nationally recognised training courses, which run through Wiltshire College, are open to those on Job Seekers' Allowance.The Government-funded courses include a 10-day Level 2 BTEC Certificate In Knowledge Of Providing Security Services, which encompasses private security industry roles and responsibilities, as well as developing leadership skills, problem solving and teamwork through a mixture of classroom, practical and offsite training.

New app allows schools to lock down in just 3 seconds

Seconds matter when there is a threat at a school, and now Rainier Middle School is the first in the US with an app that gives its teachers the ability to lockdown their school in just 3 seconds.

Typically, if a teacher or staffer at a school sees a threat -- let's say, maybe a person with a gun, it takes 30-to-90 seconds to make the call to the office, verify what's happening, call 911 and send the school into a lockdown. A lot of damage can be in that time. Well, people in Rainier thought there had to be a faster way.

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Cisco to buy Sourcefire

Cisco Systems plans to purchase cybersecurity company Sourcefire for US$2.7 billion, a deal that analysts say should spark more acquisitions in the industry as large vendors seek to profit from growing demand for IT security.

Analysts said the valuation may be high but the deal made sense for Cisco, which has lost market share in network security to small, innovative rivals.

Ex-security staff in Ireland picket state office over jobs

By Cormac MCQuinn

Eight security workers who lost their jobs at the Chief State Solicitor's Office have held a protest outside its Dublin premises. The SIPTU members lost their jobs when the contract to provide security at the CSSO, which was held by a private firm, ended last week.

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ALEX the Auto Locksmiths Expo

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.

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UK Government is proposing that employers could be funded directly to purchase the apprenticeship training they want

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.

UK Access Control market contracted by 1.3% in 2012

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. 

VW demands British court censor scientific paper about car security

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."

Source: Jalopnik

Lockdecoders offers time to pay

Lockdecoders announce that qualified customers can now have extended credit for major purchases of £1500 and over.

Conference for CCTV representatives to discuss how to improve the use of CCTV

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.

Warning to auto locksmiths

Locks and Security News has been advised of an incident that we now pass on as a warning to others.

Employers urged to take extra care of young people starting summer jobs

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.

Sings like a Canary

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.

Mul-T-Lock secures specialist housing unit

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Mul-T-Lock's patented security solutions have been installed by local locksmiths, J. Williams, at an AIDs housing unit in Dublin.

ISM appoint industry expert Geoffrey Pye to aid overseas expansion plan and achieve 100% growth target within 5 years

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PSIM and intercom systems manufacturer ISM have announced the appointment of respected security industry expert Geoffrey Pye, (Former MD of Optex) as General Manager.

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."

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