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Person Reviews Expensive Smart Lock On Twitter, Shows How Most Burglars Can ‘Outsmart’ It In Just 10 Seconds
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Person Reviews Expensive Smart Lock On Twitter, Shows How Most Burglars Can ‘Outsmart’ It In Just 10 Seconds

Locks aren’t something that most of us think about in our daily lives — they’re just there. We lock our homes when we leave for school or work in the mornings and we unlock them when we come back. We don’t give locks a second thought unless there’s been a break-in or we become locked out.

Cybergibbons, who describes himself as a reverse engineer, hardware hacker, security analyst, lock picker and heist planner, figured out the vulnerabilities of one particular smart lock — the Pineworld Lock that costs 139.99 pounds. According to the security specialist, some burglars could get the expensive lock open in around 10 seconds. Bored Panda interviewed Cybergibbons, aka Andrew Tierney, so scroll down to read more of his insights about security, the capabilities of burglars, and how to protect your home.

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Security analyst Cybergibbons explained why some smart locks aren’t as safe as you’d think

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Bored Panda asked Cybergibbons whether mechanical locks are safer than electronic locks, he had this to say: “I don’t think you can generalize this much. [However,] you don’t need to spend as much to get a decent mechanical lock. Many of the electronic ones are bad, though.”

Worried that modern burglars are getting so advanced that they’d have no problem breaking the electronic locks protecting our bamboo farms, Bored Panda questioned Cybergibbons about the modern capabilities of evil-doers.

“A typical burglar isn’t advanced. Really you are looking at lock-snapping being the most advanced attack. It is often just force. There are not the same kind of electronic attacks as against cars, because there is no money in it and you can’t trivially tell from the outside.”

Tierney revealed that he has worked full-time in information security for 4 years and got into the business “via a misspent youth.” Living in London, England, he currently works for Pen Test Partners.

While the majority of burglars rely on brute force and tried-and-tested tricks of their trade, there are some who go the advanced route and become cyber-burglars. Case in point, as CNBC writes, a “high-tech burglary crew” stole more than 10 million dollars while using the sorts of tactics we usually only ever see on the silver screen.

Tierney gave sound, common-sense advice on how to best protect your home from burglars and other criminal masterminds: “Cover the basics first — door and window locks. Try to stop people from getting to hidden areas like the back garden. Keep valuables out of sight. Get a safe.” So it’s best to cover the basics first before worrying about potential ninja-cyber-burglars.

People thanked Cybergibbons for showing the problems with the lock

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Podunkus
Community Member
3 years ago

Go on YouTube and watch videos from LockPickingLawyer and other professional locksmiths. This will convince you that nearly every single lock can be bypassed with the right tools and a little know-how.

J. Zingler
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3 years ago

LPL is godlike when it comes to locks :D

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago

For everyone thinking about setting up a "smart home", just don't. Security on all the smart devices is low to non-existent. It won't be long before we will read about people being forced to pay large amounts of money to get their central heating working again in mid winter or to even gain access to their own house. And as this post shows, even the mechanical safety is below anything you'd expect from an expensive lock to be. Do you know how to connect to a bluetooth device by trying pin number 0000 or 1234? That's the basic level of security your smart thermostat has, if you haven't changed the configuration. Which most people don't even know how to do it.

Delboy
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't get these smart devices that require internet to function, they are not very smart if they require third party servers... Internet down, no hot water, not heating, no door locks, no lights.... If you want smart home, stick with the proven ZWave/Zigbee tech that uses a hub, sure the app might go down without internet, but your routines still work. you're smart switches still work, your heating works... your scheduling works (assuming it's all ran on the hub). And while I like the idea of smart locks, there are very few that are secure enough physically as well as electronically....

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Fluffy monster
Community Member
3 years ago

This is interesting but you've basically just put a step by step guide up on how to break into these locks. Very handy for burgles

kurisutofu
Community Member
3 years ago

They would have found out on their own. Hiding a security fault doesn't prevent it to be used, only that it doesn't get corrected.

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Podunkus
Community Member
3 years ago

Go on YouTube and watch videos from LockPickingLawyer and other professional locksmiths. This will convince you that nearly every single lock can be bypassed with the right tools and a little know-how.

J. Zingler
Community Member
3 years ago

LPL is godlike when it comes to locks :D

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago

For everyone thinking about setting up a "smart home", just don't. Security on all the smart devices is low to non-existent. It won't be long before we will read about people being forced to pay large amounts of money to get their central heating working again in mid winter or to even gain access to their own house. And as this post shows, even the mechanical safety is below anything you'd expect from an expensive lock to be. Do you know how to connect to a bluetooth device by trying pin number 0000 or 1234? That's the basic level of security your smart thermostat has, if you haven't changed the configuration. Which most people don't even know how to do it.

Delboy
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't get these smart devices that require internet to function, they are not very smart if they require third party servers... Internet down, no hot water, not heating, no door locks, no lights.... If you want smart home, stick with the proven ZWave/Zigbee tech that uses a hub, sure the app might go down without internet, but your routines still work. you're smart switches still work, your heating works... your scheduling works (assuming it's all ran on the hub). And while I like the idea of smart locks, there are very few that are secure enough physically as well as electronically....

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Fluffy monster
Community Member
3 years ago

This is interesting but you've basically just put a step by step guide up on how to break into these locks. Very handy for burgles

kurisutofu
Community Member
3 years ago

They would have found out on their own. Hiding a security fault doesn't prevent it to be used, only that it doesn't get corrected.

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