Hacker exposes vulnerability of handcuffs used by law enforcement agencies
At this year's Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, a hacker who goes by the name Ray proved that high-security handcuffs used by law enforcement agencies could be easily opened by tech-savvy lawbreakers... with a little help from a laser cutter or a 3D printer.
Handcuffs used by law enforcement are typically a lot more secure than the ones you can buy yourself due to the fact that their manufacturers strictly monitor the distribution of their keys. Keys for common handcuffs, on the other hand, can be easily found in various stores. Still, keys for high-security handcuffs can pop up for sale online, and anyone who has the proper tools can copy them in large quantities.
Ray, for instance, made cheap plastic key copies that can unlock handcuffs made by German manufacturer Bonowi and English company Chubb. He got his hands on a more common Chubb key via Ebay and on a rarer Bonowi key through an anonymous source. He used an ordinary laser cutter to make plexiglass copies of theRead More »from High-security handcuffs not so secure anymore, thanks to 3D-printed keys