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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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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.
The amount of knowledge in this book is enourmous.
A great resource guide to have around. Very useful for professional locksmiths, as well as lock sport people.
It is a technical manual, so dont expect a nail biter that you cant put down.
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.
Not long after Medeco hit the market, a company called Lock Technology in New Rochelle, N.Y., had developed a decoder and key machine for Medeco. Medeco had to make changes then to protect the product. But here in this account by Marc Tobias we have an entirely different situation. It is not just his exposure of the ridiculous vulnerability of Medeco, but an inescapable realization that Medeco knew of this defect and failed to protect its customers at that time. It further appears to me that instead of thanking Marc Tobias for revealing this dangerous compromise and defect so that it could be corrected, he was disregarded by Medeco.
So here again is a story of that all too common human failure where many rely on the representations of safety and security made by vendors and find in fact that they are very unsafe indeed. This technical account by Tobias is an engineering, legal and social document that should be required reading in the Security, Safety and Legal field. It should be included in legal training as a possible example of Consumer Fraud and how to investigate such. It has significant historical value for the record of confrontation between the evaluator/tester of a product and the manufacturer. The incidents in this book have been previously discussed for many years now and I just never got around to writing this review. But the lessons here are again a reminder that it is better to verify assertions before contemplation of trust. What made this misrepresentation worse was the approval of this product by Underwriters Laboratories that again led many to assume the product was effective when it was not. The review is only my opinion and nothing more. You must read and research to make your own conclusions. Thank you Marc Tobias for your exemplary writings and work.
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