Open any lock with $1 keys

The above newscast illustrates a technique known as bump keying, which as you might expect, involves the use of a “bump key”. A bump key is essentially a modified boilerplate key that can open any lock in which it fits by bumping it with a blunt object until it turns. Unlike lock-picking, bump keying takes very little skill aside from creating the key itself. As the locksmith says in the video, this essentially makes the majority of mechanical locks useless, and a $100 lock gives no more protection than a $10 one when this is employed.

Read more: Bumping Locks (pdf) [, via Engadget]

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