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Locksport: A Hackers Guide to Lock Picking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking

Locksport: A Hackers Guide to Lock Picking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking

Locksport: A Hackers Guide to Lock Picking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking

Locksport: A Hackers Guide to Lock Picking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking


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Learn from the champions.

Locksport is the ultimate guide to lockpicking and the competitive sport of bypassing locking systems. Written by five champion locksporters, this fully illustrated, hands-on introduction to the art of lockpicking will take you from noob to competition-ready. You’ll learn how locks work and what makes them vulnerable, get a guided tour through the tools of the trade, and follow step-by-step instructions and intricate full-color diagrams to learn to rake, pick, and crack. The book covers not just the art of lockpicking, but impressioning and safe manipulation too. You’ll understand the engineering behind various types of locks and the craft of hacking the machinery without damaging it.

You’ll first learn to pick familiar locks, like padlocks and those on your own front door, using tools like tension wrenches, hooks, and rakes. You’ll then learn about impressioning: the art of creating a working key from a blank by reading and recreating the subtle marks the lock leaves in the metal. Finally you’ll crack into safe locks by systematically dialling numbers, recording your observations, and repeating your experiments.

When you’re ready, the authors will fully prepare you for competition with thorough guides, expert tips and tricks, and effective preparation methods.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781718502246
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 07/25/2023
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 563,017
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jos Weyers is a world-record holder in the field of lock impressioning and a mainstay participant at LockSport events around the world.  President of TOOOL in the Netherlands and a key figure at the Hack42 hackerspace in Arnhem. Jos is the mastermind behind the initiative. Some people know him as the Dutch Kilt guy. Featured in the New York Times. Voted #2 in the category "Hackers and Security" of the Nerd101-list of VrijNederland June 2015.
Matt Burrough is a devoted locksport hobbyist. His locksport highlights include placing twice in the ShmooCon Lockpick Village competition, second place in the 2019 TOOOL US LockFest safe manipulation competition, and getting first-round opens at every TOOOL NL LockCon since 2016. During the day, Matt is a professional red team operator, and is the author of Pentesting Azure Applications (2018, No Starch Press.) He holds a bachelor’s degree in networking, security, and system administration, a master’s degree in computer science, and a variety of industry certifications from GIAC (SANS), Microsoft, and Offensive Security.

Walter Belgers is a hacker, having worked in IT security for all his life, the majority as a penetration tester and currently as a security officer at Philips. He has an M.Sc. in computing science and has been on the internet since the 1980s. He is an honorary member of TOOOL, the Open Organisation of Lockpickers and NLUUG, the Dutch UNIX Users Group. Walter likes to speak at technical conferences. He has co-invented a microcomputer without microprocessor and turned it into a DIY kit. His hobbies are diverse, but include drifting and rally driving, sailing, reading, travelling and photography.

BandEAtoZ is a GSA certified safe technician with years of experience opening safes around the world. He regularly publishes articles of interest in both the locksmithing magazine, Keynotes and in the more specialized periodical, Safe and Vault Technology, reaching safe engineers around the world. He is an active member in the Safe & Vault Technicians Association, the National Safeman’s Organization and numerous professional forums.

Nigel Tolley was picking locks and subverting security as a schoolboy, long before he had ever heard of locksmiths or locksport. However, this wasn’t a career path, and so university called, and a job as an aerospace engineer, with a side line of databases and coding, became his daily reality. He escaped before dying of boredom, but it was close!

After quitting the “big corp” world, he spent a year learning absolutely everything he could about locks. This is before the internet was quite as valuable a resource as it is today, and rather a lot of self-teaching and figuring things out happened – and most locksmiths didn’t even pick locks. As a locksmith for around 17 years now, he has watched as attitudes have changed, and has now taught thousands of people, including many other locksmiths, to pick locks at various courses, conferences and events. He has lectured and presented at everything from corporate ice breaker events to, of course, the various LockCon. Under assorted NDA he has also consulted with lock manufacturers and designers, and found many an exploit for physical security devices. A dedicated maker of many things, but especially tools.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Basics
1. The World of Locksport
2. Lock Formats
3. Lock Mechanics
4. High Security Locks
5. Lock Maintenance
Part 2: Pin Tumbler Lock Picking
6. Introduction to Lock Picking
7. Picking Tools
8. How to Pick
9. Preparing for Picking Competitions
Part 3: Impressioning
10. Introduction to Impressioning
11. Impressioning Tools
12. How to Impression
13. Preparing for Impressioning Competitions
Part 4: Safe Manipulation
14. Introduction to Safe Manipulation
15. Safe Lock Tools
16. How to Manipulate Safe Locks
17. Preparing for Safe Competitions
Part 5: Lever Locks
18. Introduction to Picking Lever Locks
19. Lever Lock Tools
20. How to Pick Lever Locks
21. Preparing for Lever Lock Competitions
Part 6: Other Games
22. Other Locksport Games
Appendix A: Glossary

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