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I hope that many of you had a chance to listen to Emmanuel Goldstein’s radio program, Off The Hook, on WBAI in New York last Wednesday, May 23, 2008. We had a good discussion of security and high security locks, especially relating to Medeco cylinders.

If you missed the interview, it is available on, or at WBAI-FM.

I have received quite a few emails with regard to our new book on Medeco. We anticipate releasing the extremely detailed multimedia edition on June 15, 2008. The Government and Locksmith editions are entitled “The Compromise of Medeco High Security Locks: New techniques of forced, covert, and surreptitious entry.”

The softbound edition is scheduled for limited release in New York during the second week of July, with full release the first week in August. The printed edition is entitled, “OPEN IN THIRTY SECONDS: Cracking one of Americas most secure locks.”

We will be posting the chapter outline and video content shortly.

Stay tuned for more details.

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TOOOL 2008: Sneek, Netherlands

Marc Tobias and Tobias Bluzmanis have been invited by Barry Wels to give a detailed presentation at the annual Toool conference in Sneek between October 9-11, with regard to how they developed bypass techniques to compromise one of the most secure locks in America, produced by Medeco, of Salem, Virginia.

Marc and Toby will be training security professionals as to methods of picking, bumping, forced entry, and the complete compromise of key control for the m3 and certain Biaxial cylinders. Overflow attendance is expected at the conference this year because it immediately follows the security show in Essen, Germany.

Additional details can be found at the Toool website.

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DEFCON 2008: Las Vegas

Marc Tobias and Matt Fiddler will again be lecturing at the annaul Defcon 16 security conference in Las Vegas between August 8-10. Last year, more then 8,000 people attended the three day event.

Marc and Matt will lecture on the development of bypass techniques for Medeco high security locks and explore this classic case of multiple failures that allowed perhaps the most secure lock in America to be compromised by forced and covert methods of entry. The new book by Marc Tobias and Tobias Bluzmanis on how the Medeco locks were cracked will be released at the conference.

A demonstratiion of new and extremely serious vulnerabilities will be presented with regard to Medeco cylinders in an effort to alert security officers of the potential threat that currently exists for certain Medeco locks. Last year, JennaLynn, 12 years old, bumped open a Medeco Biaxial cylinder in about a minute. This year, she is expected to again demonstrate certain bypass techniques that surely will be of interest to consumers as well as security specialists.

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Marc Tobias will be conducting a workshop at the annual Techno-Security conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, on June 2, 2008, put on by The Training Company..

Approximately 1400 law enforcement personnel are expected to attend the four day conference, which is recognized as one of the most successful gatherings of its kind. Marc will lecture on the vulnerabilities of high security locks; vital information for covert entry experts.

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Marc Tobias will be interviewed by Emmanuel Goldstein, Founder of 2600 Magazine and the HOPE Conference in New York. This one hour radio program will be aired on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. in New York on WBAI-FM.

Marc will discuss various issues that relate to high security locks and the standards by which they are certified, as well as a broad range of other vulnerabilities. He will also discuss his soon to be released book about how the security of Medeco locks has been compromised.

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Marc Tobias met with Peter Koktan, the Director of the Trezor Test laboratory in Prague on April 19 and 20 to discuss methods of certifying high security locks and test procedures. Trezor Test is the only certified lab in the country for determining the security ratings and compliance of locks and related hardware with European standards. Marc also met with Paul Gec at the lab, and other security experts to exchange information with regard to bypass techniques. Marc will re-visit the lab in October, 2008.

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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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