Lockpicking 101 with RandomStorm

This Tuessday saw the first of what we hope will be a series of lock picking events presented by RandomStorm. If attendance was anything to go by then this will be the first of many such events, with a collection of old faces putting in an appearance, as well as quite a few new ones. It was standing room only (if you’ve got any spare chairs you’d like to donate, we’d love to hear from you!).

The evening kicked off with a presentation from Gavin on the workings, and flaws of pin tumbler locks, how lock designers can make life more difficult for people trying to open the locks, and some examples of how locks can be bypassed completely (one member replaced the lock on his front door this morning after deciding it was too insecure).

After a few questions everyone was eager to try picking some locks, and with the incentive of books, lockpicks, and tshirts as prizes everyone was keen to get working ASAP. Unfortunately everyone was so engrossed in it that it seems nobody stopped to take any photos.

I’d like to thank the guys from RandomStorm for a thoroughly interesting evening, and I hope we can arrange another in the not too distant future. We’ll be acquiring some more locks and getting some practice in first though.

On Saturday we’ll be back to our usual all day hackery starting around 10.30 and if all goes to plan we may have an MOD surplus bomb disposal robot to play with.

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