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MEDECO DEADBOLT DESIGN: What Next?

Medeco is scrambling to fix their deadbolt security problem worldwide. Last week, they were reportedly set to begin manufacture of the modification of their high security cylinders to protect them against a simple method of attack that was disclosed by Marc Weber Tobias and his research team two weeks ago. Medeco was warned for the past two months there was a significant design issue with these cylinders but made no attempt to contact Marc to determine the precise nature of the problem. Now, they have a real problem because many of their customers that have installed single-sided deadbolts may be at risk, especially those that are utilizing the newer m3 technology. We have found that the vulnerability may extend to certain Biaxial® models also.

If you employ these deadbolts we would urge you to contact your locksmith, security consultant or Medeco to determine the proper course of action. A detailed report of the vulnerability is available to security professionals. You may contact the author for details at mwtobias@security.org.

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