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The lock that would seem to have thwarted them the most was actually one of the easiest to crack. The Biolock Model 333 is a sleek $200 lock that combines a mechanical cylinder and fingerprint reader.

The Biolock fingerprint reader illuminates a blue LED when a fingerprint is authenticated. If the reader fails, a key can be inserted in a key port hidden behind a flip door in the handle.

“It’s a very neatly designed container,†says Tobias. “But the problem with this lock design is so elementary, frankly it defies belief. â€

The lock can be programmed with one or more “master†fingerprints, which can be used to authorize other users. To open the lock, a user touches the fingerprint pad, and a blue LED light illuminates to indicate the person is authorized, allowing the door handle to turn. The lock can also be unlocked with a remote-control.

If the fingerprint reader fails, a mechanical key can be used instead. The key entry is concealed beneath a flip door on the lever handle. And therein lies the security problem, Tobias says.

A paperclip inserted in the Biolock's key chamber (hidden behind a flip door) is used to push an internal pin and unlock the door, making the fingerprint reader superfluous.

The mechanical lock, which uses a bypass cylinder, can be easily thwarted with a paperclip inserted in the keyway to depress a pin that engages the latch. In two seconds, the researchers were able to open the lock.

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A paperclip inserted in the Biolock's key chamber (hidden behind a flip door) is used to push an internal pin and unlock the door
lol, fail.
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in other words they picked a lock. Bravo Designers
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in other words they picked a lock. Bravo Designers
A computerized lock bio metric lock. In the video the lock there is suppose to be a top rated lock. The major design flaw in that lock is the ability to make it work with any key. These are suppose to be the types of locks that you would put on a door to a server (along with out the security features like ID card scanners and what not). The fault in that lock is the fact that it can be made to work with any key which is suppose to be a feature.

A good lock should not be able to be forced as such.
    
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Wow, just a paperclip? That's a solid amount of fail right there. They couldve at least used some kind of nifty key, or even better an e-key.

Pretty easy fix though, epoxy in the keyhole lol.
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