Lock Picking & Tamper Evident

Want to tinker with locks and tools the likes of which you've seen in movies featuring police, spies, and secret agents? Then come on by the lockpick table, run by Topy and Klepas.

You will have the opportunity to learn hands-on how the fundamental hardware of physical security operates and how it can be compromised. The lockpick table is a physical security demonstration and participation area.

Visitors can learn about the vulnerabilities of various locking devices, techniques used to exploit these vulnerabilities and practice on locks of various levels of difficulty to try it themselves. There will also be an opportunity to test out your skill and compete in the Australian BSides locking picking competition.

New this year at BSides & for the first time in Australia: Tamper Evident Workshops
A wide variety of devices and locations are secured using "Tamper Evident Seals". These clever little devices are simple security mechanisms designed to clearly show if someone has opened or accessed something or somewhere without authorization if managed correctly. However, like all things, there are weaknesses!

We will have a selection of tamper evident seals for participants to attempt to bypass and play with for the duration of the conference. Everything from physical attacks using precision instruments to chemical solvents will be used in order explore this often overlooked area of security.

Come along and try something different!

BSides Canberra Lockpicking Primer

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Topy has run Lockpicking at several Australian conferences previously. Living in a warehouse dubbed "the Hack House" he disappears for days at a time lost amongst piles of computers cables and locks. Topy has lived and breathed the security industry for the past 15 years and loved it all. Topy is keen to help with lockpicking at any event, if interested, either speak to him at the con or email BSides Canberra.


German geek, web designer/dev and typ­ophile. Studied gender, philosophy and ethics. FOSS advocate, open- gov • data • culture • software • security • Nietzsche.

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