Last HOPE Number Nine Lock Picking Village

Physical Toools you can use Lock picking is a skill I have frequently required but one I thought was entirely too difficult for me to attempt. On occasion I have been known to lock my keys in my car (5-6 times a year), loose luggage keys or worse yet lock myself out of the house (I have a 24 hour locksmith card in my wallet). Since my main focus has been on the digital version of lock picking I largely ignored this useful physical skill. I was so wrong! On the morning of the last day of the conference, when most attendees where still slumbering or fuzzy headed from the previous evening’s revelry I crept towards the Lock Picking Village to try my hand on some locks. Fortunately for me JK-47, an expert lock picker and accomplished trainer on the topic took me through an overview of tools, lock types and techniques. Using a Bogota and under JK-47’s skillful direction I was able to pop my first Basic #1 lock with ease. A representative from TOOOL was also on hand to give additional guidance to the small crowd in the village which consisted of children, teens, parents, geek chics, an attorney and anyone curious. I was able to pick the locks Basic #1-5 and a Master lock. JK-47 gave a demonstration of how to unlock handcuffs with a paper clip. Short and skinny, I am now the proud owner of my own lock pick set and unlocked a luggage lock I lost the key to. I personally found practicing strangely relaxing, similar to knitting I suppose. The participants came from all walks of life and almost all ages. We laughed, struggled, assisted each other and smiled at our accomplishments. I had a fantastic time and I look forward to seeing TOOOL at DefCon next week. If you would like to know more about TOOOL or lock picking in general please check out these links and videos: Official TOOOL Slides and resources
Locks are Worthless  by JK-47 The quote on the front page of TOOOL is very relevant:

“Rogues knew a good deal about lock-picking long before locksmiths discussed it… If a lock is not so inviolable as it has hitherto been deemed to be, surely it is to the interest of honest persons to know this fact, because the dishonest are… certain to apply the knowledge practically… the spread of the knowledge is necessary to give fair play to those who might suffer by ignorance.”

 ~ A.C. Hobbs, Locks and Safes: The Construction of Locks. London, 1853.

One response

  1. Sounds like you lock your keys inside places just as much as I do.

    Pretty crazy how easy some locks are to pick

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