These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks In Seconds

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These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks In Seconds

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Andy Greenberg, writing on the August 26, 2014 website. Wired.com, writes that “one of the harrier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing…is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But, clever lock-pickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already taking the DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic, or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds…without even seeing the original.”

Weyers and Holler’s “trick is to 3-D print a “bump” key, which resembles a normal key but can open millions of locks with a carefully practiced rap on its head with a hammer. Using software called PhotoBump, the two engineers say it’s now possible to easily bump open a wide-range of locks using keys based on photographs of the locks’ keyholes. And, even…

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