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Picking Locks with Audio Technology

Picking Locks with Audio Technology

Full TextThe next time you unlock your front door, it might be worth trying to insert your key as quietly as possible; researchers have discovered that the sound of your key being inserted into the lock gives attackers all they need to make a working copy of your front door key.It sounds unlikely, but security researchers say they have proven that the series of audible, metallic clicks made as a key penetrates a lock can now be deciphered by signal processing software to reveal the precise shape of the sequence of ridges on the key's shaft. Knowing this (the actual cut of your key), a...

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Paul Marks
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The Software that Led to the Lockdown

The Software that Led to the Lockdown

Full TextOne of the key drivers for the decision to lock down the U.K. in late March 2020 was a computational epidemiological model developed at Imperial College, London. When the code for the model was released, it immediately attracted criticism with respect to software quality – and these criticisms then provided ammunition for those who argued the lockdown was an overreaction. So, what was the software and what are the criticisms? Are they significant? And, crucially, what can we learn from the experience?Throughout the first half of March 2020, European nations raced to enforce...

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