Hackers Can Easily 3D Print Your House Keys Now

By Gary Cutlack on at

A development in the 3D printing and hacking and burglary fields should make it easier than ever for someone to break into your house, eat your food, poo in your sink then leave, with a new system promising the ability to 3D print a blank door key ready for shaping by simply scanning a photo of a lock.

That's the claim of the KeysForge system, which, even if only fed a basic smartphone resolution image, is apparently able to make a passable stab at backwards-working the structure of the lock and fashioning a CAD file to be 3D printed in the material of your choosing.

The developer explains: "We find that commodity 3D printers are able to produce key blanks and pre-cut keys with enough resolution to work in several commonly used pin-tumbler locks and that their material is strong enough to withstand the requirements to perform the aforementioned attacks."

Seeing as the only thing we need for entertainment nowadays is a smartphone, it doesn't matter if someone breaks in and steals the TV. Pretty soon we'll all live in capsules, like in The Matrix, holding a phone in front of our faces from birth to death, while being fed blended toast through a pipe.

So yes, forget about the door lock. Leave it open. [The Register]

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