DEFCON 19: Safe to Armed in Seconds: A Study of Epic Fails of Popular Gun Safes (w speaker)

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Shared February 11, 2012

Speaker: Deviant Ollam Cluebat Quartermaster

Hackers like guns. Hackers like locks. Hackers like to tinker with guns and locks. And, most of the time, hackers protect their guns with high-quality locks. However, while it's one thing to own a nice gun safe protected by a high security dial, that sort of solution tends to be best for the firearms that one doesn't have in daily use. Many of us who wear a firearm as part of our daily routine opt to store and secure our carry piece in a separate, more easily-accessible way at the end of the day. This talk is an in-depth evaluation of some of the most popular small firearm lockboxes in-use today. Some rely on mechanical locks, others on biometric locks, and some offer a combination of both. But overall, they tend to fail miserably in the face of any dedicated attacker. Come and learn how your favorite gun lockbox might be preventing your toddler from having an accidental discharge, but why it's not at all likely to repel a criminal or even perhaps a curious teenager. Means of both attacking as well as improving upon the lockboxes you already may own will be demonstrated, and audience members will be invited to participate in all sorts of attacks... live and on stage!

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If someone goes to the trouble of lifting my prints, developing a fingerprint replication so he can climb my 9ft gate, then get through my smaller gate, then get past my two dogs, into my house, through my large gun vault, to my smaller pistol vault..he DESERVES my pistol.

7 years ago | [YT] | 15

Dr Tune

Great lecture content, entertainingly presented; his choice of language and color-of-neck didn't bother me in the slightest because I'm an adult.

5 years ago | [YT] | 64


I bet that the "life sensing technology" is just a IR reflective optical sensor, which receives bouncing IR light from the finger. When blood rushes in and out of blood vessels, it causes finger's reflectivity to change -> less/more IR being bounced back. Thus being able to sense rough heartrate and decide that it's alive thing if it's within resonable range.
BOOM - "Life sensing tecnhology", which only costs about 1.21$ to make.

6 years ago | [YT] | 35

Conservative Macro

Those fire safes you just drop them on the corners and they will break open.

4 years ago | [YT] | 18


Ok I'm notice a flaw in these things besides the locks even if they had the best locks in the world why would a criminal not just take the entire box it's not like it's that big?

7 years ago | [YT] | 6


So you believe in god then do you? I feel sorry for you, in so many ways.

7 years ago | [YT] | 3

Arie Heath

What's with the anti gun people in the comments? He's just talking about ways to be safe.

2 years ago | [YT] | 10

George Tsiros

18:27 are those hollow points? those look like hollow points 🤔

11 months ago | [YT] | 1


Great video, but his got me thinking.
What are some great locks/safes that you WOULD recommend?


6 years ago | [YT] | 2


good stuff ... thanks for posting

8 years ago | [YT] | 1


Love the picture of the black talons at the end. Brings a smile to my face. Appreciate this video. It is inspiring.

8 years ago | [YT] | 0

Stan Burton

I suspect the reason why the last one worked was because it was translucent enough in IR that the built in pulse oximeter that is looking for body heat and a pulse.

1 year ago | [YT] | 2


Cant carry a cop on my belt so I might as well be able to protect myself. I do not want my face eaten off personally

8 years ago | [YT] | 1


29:00 Castle Windows, Mt. Laurel, NJ Torn from local phone book? (Sorry, just in my nature to notice things. ;D )

7 years ago | [YT] | 0

John K

They give out those cable locks for free at the department of mental health here

1 year ago | [YT] | 0

Jason Smith

crotch fruits XD

7 years ago | [YT] | 1



7 years ago | [YT] | 0


Does anyone know what safe brand has a feature that allows you to know if someone was tampering with the safe? I saw something like that weeks ago when looking at these types of safes but i'm not sure the brand. Please advise Thx!

7 years ago | [YT] | 2


What? The British Army won nearly every major engagement of the Revolution. They quite nearly won the war. It wasn't so black and white as you make it out to be.

7 years ago | [YT] | 3


I think LPL picked a cross lock single pin style. Have one safe with that and another with some sort of gated key. It's HUGE and squareish

1 year ago | [YT] | 0