Lockpicking and IT Security

Presented at Still Hacking Anyway (SHA2017), Aug. 8, 2017, 3:40 p.m. (60 minutes)

What do design flaws, implementation errors, 0days etc. look like in physical locks? #PhysicalSecurity #Software In this lecture, Walter Belgers will look at some security flaws in locks to see how they came about. Then, he shows us how similar mistakes are made in software development and deployment. In both cases, we have to deal with design flaws, implementation errors, zero day attacks, brute force attacks, user errors and more. Real life examples will be given and demonstrated. There are some interesting differences in how security is looked at in the hardware and the software world. Both groups can certainly learn each other.


  • Walter Belgers
    Walter Belgers is ethical hacker by profession and president of the lockpicking group Toool. Walter Belgers is an ethical computer hacker by profession and by way of life. During his working hours, he tests the security of IT systems using both technical and social means. He is also the president of TOOOL, The Open Organisation of Lockpickers. He has been lockpicking since the 1980’s and is currently the fastest Dutch lockpicker. He likes to share his knowledge with others to increase the overall security of the world around us.