3D printed skeleton key will unlock most doors

3d printed key bumpI am sure that these have already been 3D printed but this is the first time I’ve seen someone admit to creating their own ‘bump key’.

Bump keys are primitive tools used by locksmiths, as well as ne’er-do-wells, to knock open simple locks.

Until now, many locks were secure simply because they were too tricky to ‘bump’, unless you’re a spy with access to a hair-clip. Basically, because few people have the tools and the knowledge, you were pretty safe, but that’s all about to change.

Jos Weyers and Christian Holler have created these keys which have been designed to knock or bump the pins in a standard lock into place after a few taps with a hammer. The pair discovered how to 3D print a piece of plastic that will fit into the keyhole based on a photo of the hole itself. A few carefully cut notches in the plastic and you’ve got a usable bump key.

The pair don’t want us to break into jewelers or galleries with their tool. Instead, they want to show how primitive most locks really are and how it’s becoming easier and easier to foil physical security systems.

If anyone with a 3D printer and a camera can make a key, how secure are we?

Just as well I have secondary security by way of a good old-fashioned tiger pit. Just saying 😉

Check out the video below and remember to put the deadbolt on before going to bed.

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