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OPEN IN THIRTY SECONDS: Cracking One of the Most Secure Locks in America Hardcover – 2008

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OPEN IN THIRTY SECONDS: Cracking One of the Most Secure Locks in America is the printed version of LSS+x, (the multimedia edition on CD for Government agencies, locksmiths, and security professionals). This book examines new techniques to compromise Medeco® Biaxial® and m3 high security locks by methods of forced, covert, and surreptitious entry. It is the result of an eighteen month research project by the authors and other security experts. It has resulted in the filing of multiple patents and the ability to pick, bump, and mechanically bypass Medeco cylinders, sometimes in seconds. Medeco, for the past forty years, has been the predominant high security lock manufacturer in the United States. They protect high value targets and critical infrastructure throughout the world. Their venues include the White House, Pentagon, and the Royal Family in England, as well as hundreds of thousands of residences, businesses, hospitals, banks, government facilities, and institutions. Their locks are found in virtually every application where the highest level of quality and security is expected. The development of methods to bypass Medeco locks required the solution to many interrelated and complex problems, and may be the modern equivalent of the Enigma code machine during World War II. The process to compromise all levels of Medeco security required technical expertise, the connection of many unrelated pieces of information, and perhaps most importantly, imagination. The chronology of how Medeco security was cracked is a good story, especially if you enjoy technically-based intellectual challenges that have serious security implications in the real world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Pine Hill Press (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975947923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975947920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J. Vail on April 17, 2010
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The book was well researched and had relevant pictures. But it is not really a "how to" book. As a locksmith I thought this book might help me open Medeco locks on the few times that all keys are lost or the customer needs in immediately - and that I might even be able to do it without damaging the lock... in 30 seconds no less! After reading it I'll still approach that problem the same way I always have: drill and slice with a grinder to remove the anti-drill pins and then drill the shear line. In other words, there is almost no practical information presented to show that Medeco is not secure. In fact, the length of the book suggests that it is VERY complicated to open one of these locks. The book may be a three star but I gave it two because the author(s) repeatedly suggest that all of the good secrets are contained on their government issue DVD, not allowed for the public. But really that's the stuff we all bought this book for.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul D on October 22, 2012
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I have been a locksmith and a safe & vault technician for almost 40 years and currently managing that division of a 35 year old business with 8 service vehicles. Although this author is very intelligent and is adept at mechanical forensics I have something to say about this publication.
1) In reality he should mention that their are few people with the ware with all to pull off by-passing high security cylinders much less willing to spend the time to acquire the knowledge,experience and time to pull it off. Highly secured facilites usually have access control systems including cameras at critical door openings. 2) UL437 Listed cylinders meet only requirements that are stated "resistant" to attack never allowing the word "proof".
3) In the real world of crime most of security violations are committed by people who are not sophisticated, making high security cylinders a wise move. 4) Wish this book was only offered to security protection professionals who although need, want and thankfull for the informaion strongly believe this book belongs in the hands of those seeking the successful protection of people and assets.
4) Look forward to the author's considerable insights to developing a patent that is not vunerable to aforementioned flaws.
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Open in Thirty Seconds is extremely informative and is full of helpful information about Medeco, and other "higher-security," locks. The diagrams are clear and provide excellent information concerning the functioning and operation of various locks. The only complaint I have about the book is the author's tendency to repeat some non-pertinent information several times throughout the book. Overall I would recommend this book to anybody interested in locks or lockpicking.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Ellman on January 19, 2014
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Kenneth Ellman Reviews Open In Thirty Seconds by Marc Weber Tobias, Email:ke@kennethellman.com, Box 18, Newton, N. J. 07860, January 19, 2014

In thinking about the extraordinary books of Marc Weber Tobias it takes me back many years when I had first purchased his original edition of Locks, Safes and Security around 1971 (?), and was also reading The Master Locksmith Reference Book by Charles Courtney (1931edition), The Lure of the Lock by Hopkins(1928 edition) and the very many wonderful books obtained from the Locksmith Ledger. At that time I was a NYC Licensed Locksmith, Ademco Dealer, later a UL Listed Mercantile Safe and Vault (CVRV), etc . There was then and is much more today, a vast literature of technical Locksmith work, Safe and Vault Work , ASIS, ALOA, and many, many other publications.

But very rarely and fortunately in any discipline or profession you will come upon works that stand out as incomparable. The works of Marc Weber Tobias are that. His dedication and ability in this subject is remarkable. My previous review of his other publication entitled Locks, Safes and Security, Second Edition, can be found on Amazon and at my website.

SO, now we have this extraordinary story and technical study as told in “Open in Thirty Seconds” which recounts the utter and complete failure of Medeco High Security Locks used in applications all over the United States. I distinctly remember the near hysteria decades ago created by advertising and promotion of Medeco back when it could only be purchased from Sal Schillizzi of All Over Locksmiths and D. Silver Hardware in NYC.. In the NYC area where burglary was all too common, this product was in demand.
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