Read an article yesterday about a new technology developed at the University of California, San Diego that allows someone to take a photograph of a key, and using some relatively simple modeling software, recreate a working duplicate key. The researchers proved the effectiveness of the concept by photographing a set of keys from a distance (nearly 200 feet away) using a telephoto lens. They also tested the technology using lower resolution photos – like pictures from a cell phone. The researchers admit that the technology has been available for some time but think that several factors may be worth pointing out: the process is relatively simple for someone with programming knowledge and the cost of the required software and equipment is now inexpensive. Interesting vulnerability. You might want to check out the original press release or the project page.


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