Escaping High Security Handcuffs

Presented at The Last HOPE (2008), July 20, 2008, 12:30 p.m. (30 minutes)

Everybody knows normal police handcuffs are no real challenge for lockpickers, even though it helps to know the inner workings and tiny differences of the various models in use today. Less publicly known is that there's also a variety of "high security" handcuffs on the market, used mainly for high risk prisoners and during transfers. But those also have their weaknesses... This talk will give an overview of the products in use today and their different attack vectors - not only focusing on picking but also bypassing some of the most advanced locking mechanisms used in this field.


  • Ray
    Ray is a 0x20 year old hacker from Germany. Besides having the equivalent of a masters degree in computer science and interests in Unix/Linux security, he's been collecting and picking all kinds of locks for over a decade. He's also a founding member of his local CCC organization and leads his region's lockpicking sports group.


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