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What Is Lock Bumping?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:17 am
by Site Admin
What Is Lock Bumping?

In the 1970s, locksmiths in Denmark shared a technique for knocking on a lock cylinder while applying slight pressure to the back of the lock plug. When the pins would jump inside of the cylinder, the plug would be able to slide out freely and disassemble the lock quickly. The use of a bump key was not introduced until some time later and was first recognized as a potential security issue around 2002-2003 by Klaus Noch who brought it to the attention of the German media. After further examination of the procedure, a white paper was drafted in 2005 by Barry Wels & Rop Gonggrijp of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers (TOOOL) detailing the method and its applicability. A patent exists for a lock device following the same principle as the bump key from 1926-1928

The technique then attracted more popular attention in 2005 when a Dutch television show, Nova, broadcast a story about the method. After the method received further publicity from TOOOL presentations at security conference talks, members of TOOOL and a Dutch consumer group, Dutch Consumentenbond, analyzed the capability of the method on 70 different lock models and with trained and untrained users in a 2006 study.

At the same time, Marc Tobias, an American security expert, began to talk publicly in the United States about the technique and its potential security threats. In 2006, he released two further white papers regarding the technique and its potential legal ramifications.


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Re: What Is Lock Bumping?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:09 pm
by Papa Gleb
Awesome history lesson, I love it.
Questions, are there locks that can NOT be bumped? I seen some top security locks get bumped easily which leads me to believe any or almost any lock can be bumped, how correct am I?
I would also assume the biting may also play a role in the success of bumping, right?