NEW SECURITY ALERTS AND REPORTS
New Defcon CL Armor Is Not Secure.
See the detailed report here.
GUN TRIGGER LOCK REPORT
PRODUCED BY MASTER LOCK
COMPANY, HOPPE'S, FRANZEN SECURITY PRODUCTS, THE CLUB, REMINGTON, DAC
TECHNOLOGIES, HUNTER'S VIEW PROTECTOR, GSM PRODUCTS, and
any other mechanism that has copied the same basic locking design as the Master
Lock Model 90.
Issued December 6, 2004 by
Investigative Law office, Marc Weber Tobias
WE TESTED BOTH KEY AND
COMBINATION LOCKS TO DETERMINE THEIR VULNERABILITY TO BYPASS OF THE MECHANISM
AND DECODING OF COMBINATION LOCKS. ALL COULD BE EASILY OPENED. WE ASKED AN
ELEVEN YEAR OLD BOY TO ATTACH AND REMOVE THREE POPULAR LOCKS FROM A RIFLE. HE
WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS IN A FEW SECONDS WITHOUT DIFFICULTY, AS SHOWN IN THE
AS A RESULT OF EXTENSIVE ANALYSIS
OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT MECHANISMS, THE AUTHOR BELIEVES THAT THE USE OF THESE LOCKS
IS DANGEROUS AND COULD POTENTIALLY LEAD TO INJURY OR DEATH. WE BELIEVE THAT THEY
SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON TO PROTECT PISTOLS, RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS FROM
UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, ESPECIALLY BY CHILDREN. VENDORS SHOULD NOT SELL THEM
AND THE CONSUMER SHOULD NOT PURCHASE THEM OR USE THEM FOR SUCH PURPOSES.
PARENTS ARE URGED TO IMMEDIATELY
SECURE ANY WEAPONS THAT USE THESE DEVICES. IN THE REPORT,
WE DEMONSTRATE THE REMOVAL OF LOCKS PRODUCED BY SEVERAL MAJOR MANUFACTURERS FROM
HANDGUNS AND RIFLES.
The design of many of the gun
trigger locks allows their removal from many handguns, rifles, and shotguns in
seconds and do not provide any significant measure of security. Their use could
lead to injury or death if you are relying upon them to prevent the discharge of
a firearm because you believe that they prevent access to the trigger. The
brands listed above each utilizes the same basic design, which is detailed in a
comprehensive report and four video segments that examines their ease in
removal, and the design of each device.
The reader is advised that a limited
number of samples of each product were tested, and thus, the consumer must rely
upon their own independent assessment of the security of each device. The author
believes that all similar gun locks may be inadequate to protect a weapon from
unauthorized access. In order to prevent juveniles from viewing this
information, a credit card number must be provided to download the report and
videos. If you experience a problem in ordering the report through Verisign, you
may click here to enter the information for manual processing of the report.
TSA-APPROVED LUGGAGE LOCKS
The Transportation Security Agency
has approved the use of certain locks on baggage that passes through United
States airports. A detailed report
is available that demonstrates the security vulnerabilities of all of the locks
within the Travel Sentry
program. Each of these locks can be opened in seconds, and therefore should not
be utilized for any security application and are merely to be considered as
seals for luggage.
LOCKS THAT SECURE LAPTOP
UPDATED SECURITY ALERT
August 30, 2004
Security alerts have been issued
regarding possible bypass of locks that are utilized to secure laptop computers.
This has resulted in a heightened awareness of the potential for theft by users
of these products. An analysis of these devices is deemed relevant because of
their widespread use, and the mistaken belief by their owners or IT and security
professionals that the locks are secure or can prevent theft. Any information regarding other known defects in
these devices would be appreciated.
Each of these locks can be easily
bypassed, which can result in the theft of laptop computers within seconds, and
without any forensic trace. A detailed report is available that examines the
methods of bypass for the following locks:.
Targus Defcon CL(r)
Benji 1, Benji 2, and Model 4000.
MODELS BENJI I, BENJI II and
Compucage of Toronto,
Canada produces a series of locking systems to secure laptops and
desktop computers. An evaluation of these devices determined that
five different laptops that were tested could be removed in
seconds without any damage to the computers or locking devices and
no forensic trace as to the method of removal. Based upon the
design of this device, we believe that most laptops cannot be
adequately secured against a simple method of theft. See the
accompanying video and report.