Many years ago, I studied the art of picking locks. Not to do anything illegal, but just to learn about locks and how they work. Most importantly, open locks in a non-destructive way the manufacturer certainly did not intend to open. I bought a lock picking set and a practice lock. Over the years I collected some other locks, formerly used in real life. I finally got a chance to show off my skills.
Two weeks ago I received a call from a friend, asking whether I was still into hacking things. “Sure, you know me” I replied. He explained that he had a job to do tomorrow, but the motorcycle case he used to take his equipment was locked and he forgot to take the key with him. Of course I packed my tools and met him that evening.
Wow, this would be the first time I bring my lock picking skills in practice! I was a bit worried that these real life locks would be harder than anything I ever tried before.
Picking the lock
The case was locked with a Yale Y110/30 padlock. To get started I googled it to see whether there were any reports about picking that type of lock. I found this video of that lock being picked.
So I picked up my tools, selected my long rake and… Even before the video was finished playing, a crisp click and the padlock sprung open! Whoohoo, that earned me a beer!
If you still feel secure about having your valuables at home with your doors locked, then you must read about bump keys and core pulling. I’ve selected two very short (<30s) videos about bump keys and core pulling for you to show how easy these techniques are.
Hacking is a way of life, never stop learning.