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DUBAI: Hack In The Box 2008

Marc Tobias lectured in Dubai on April 16, 2008 on Medeco high security locks and their vulnerability to attack by forced and covert methods of entry. He discussed the upcomming release of his new book and multimedia version that details how one of the most secure locks in America was cracked.

The conference was very well attended by security professionals from around the world. The next HITB conference will be in Kuala Lumpur in October, where Marc Tobias will be presenting a workshop on high security locks as a follow-up to the release of the book and CD about Medeco.

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COLOGNE MESSE HARDWARE FAIR

The semi-annual hardware fair is about to begin in Cologne, Germany again this year and Addi Wendt is hosting his traditional open house for locksmiths and government agents. Wendt is a global distributor of high tech lock bypass tools and works closely in conjunction with Lockmasters in the United States. The open house will continue for four days to coincide with the fair, which is one of the largest in the world. Most of the lock and safe manufacturers exhibit at this fair.

Marc Tobias hosted a book signing at the invitation of Wendt and promoted his new High Security Supplement that is to be released in June, 2008. This supplement to LSS+ offers a detailed examination of the compromise of Medeco Biaxial, m3, and Bilevel cylinders by forced and covert methods of entry and the complete bypass of key control.

Some photographs of the Wendt open house appear below.
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Addi Wendt, owner of the company.

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Theodore Schurmann is one of the key technicians for the company

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More to follow….

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CAMBRIDGE LECTURE ON HIGH SECURITY LOCKS: October 2, 2007

Marc Weber Tobias will be lecturing in England again at the Cambridge Computer Security Lab on October 2. He will present a case study on high security lock design and the Medeco m3 case example.

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(ASIS-HTCIA) AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL SECURITY CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO

See http://htciatraining.org/Classes/Schedule.asp

Marc Weber Tobias will be presenting a two hour lecture on the compromise of high security locks at the ASIS-HTCIA conference in South San Francisco on May 31, 2007 at 8:00 A.M.

Marc has been a member of ASIS for the past fifteen years.

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(HITB) HACK IN THE BOX SECURITY CONFERENCE: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

http://www.hackinthebox.org/

Marc Tobias will be presenting a lecture on high security locks and the standards that are utilized to rate them.

Eric Michaud and other members of Toool.us will also be presenting at this conference.

The conference will be held September 3-6. The exact date and time to be announced.

Marc participated in the HITB Conference in Dubai, UAE and lectured on “The threat from bumping” on April 4, 2007.

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(AFTE) ASSOCIATION OF FIREARMS AND TOOL MARKS EXAMINERS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Marc will be presenting at the annual international conference of AFTE in San Francisco on May 29, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

See http://www.afte.org/TrainingSeminar/AFTE2007/announcements/workshops.htm#tuesday

Compromise of High Security Locks
Instructor: Marc Tobias, Security Systems
Fee: $30
Class Capacity: 35
Time: 6-9pm

Manufacturers that sell high security locks with UL 437 OR ANSI ratings claim that they are highly resistant to covert methods of entry, but are they really in the high tech world of crime? This workshop will focus on the most popular high security locks in the United States: Medeco, Assa, Mul-T-Lock, and Schlage Primus and why some of the claims by certain manufacturers as to their security may not tell the entire story. The UL and ANSI standards will also be analyzed as to how they define high security and why these standards may not fully test for certain vulnerabilities. This workshop will be an extension of the one given by Marc Tobias in 2006 at Springfield on the threat posed by lock bumping.

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DEFCON 15 LECTURE BY MARC TOBIAS and MATT FIDDLER

See http://defcon.org/defcon15_speakers.html

Defcon will be held August 2-5, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada

High Insecurity: Locks, Lies, and Liability
Marc Weber Tobias Investigative Attorney and Security Specialist – Security.org
Matt Fiddler Security Specialist – Security.org

There is a lot of hype by lock manufacturers, especially those that sell “High Security” cylinders. Terms like “pick proof” and “bump proof” often accompany UL and ANSI rated locks and cylinders.
If your intent is to protect your home then you can be assured that a lock carrying a UL 437 or ANSI rating is quite sufficient. The rules drastically change however if you are going to rely upon locks to protect high value targets such as cash, sensitive information, munitions, or critical infrastructure components. It is then that you might want to do a bit more research into what really constitutes a high security lock and how they can be compromised in the real world. In this presentation, we will dissect and analyze these high security standards. Covert methods of picking, bumping, and certain other bypass techniques will also be presented and demonstrated allowing even the highest rated cylinders to be compromised in well under ten minutes.

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