Hacking in the name of security

    Date23 Jul 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    2620
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Barry "The Key" Wels picks locks for the sport of it, but also to make a broader point. He fiddles with tumblers and cracks safes for fun, and to alert the security industry to the weaknesses of many locks, which serve as a bulwark of society's physical safety. Locks, whether keyed or combination, melt like butter in his hands. . . . Barry "The Key" Wels picks locks for the sport of it, but also to make a broader point. He fiddles with tumblers and cracks safes for fun, and to alert the security industry to the weaknesses of many locks, which serve as a bulwark of society's physical safety. Locks, whether keyed or combination, melt like butter in his hands.

    Lock pickers and safecrackers share with computer hackers a common fascination with exposing security "vulnerabilities." The fraternity of security violators surfaced at a rare meeting of the U.S. computer underground in New York recently that drew 2,000 Internet enthusiasts and security professionals.

    "It's real easy, it's real addictive ... to open a lock in two or three pops," said The Key, who is also an active computer hacker and cryptology buff.

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