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Biometric Lock Design Flaw Discovered

BrickHouse Security : 04 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Brickhouse Security researcher discovers fundamental flaw in biometric fingerprint lock with secure biometrics flawed by insecure backup opening method in case of power failure thereby cancelling all the advantages of the additional security that biometrics offer
As a result of their long-standing partnership with world-renowned security expert Marc Weber Tobias, Brickhouse Security was among the first to learn that the BioLock 333 - a supposedly high-security, biometric fingerprint door locking system - is remarkably and dangerously insecure, and can in fact be opened easily with only a paper clip.

Mr Tobias recently alerted BrickHouse Security, who has been a retailer of the BioLock 333, about the serious flaws in the lock design that he and his team discovered in their Security Labs facility, as he has long been providing his valuable insight and expertise to the organization to ensure that all locks being sold by BrickHouse meet their stringent standards for security.

"In looking at the mechanics of the BioLock 333, we have discovered that this lock is not designed to withstand any real attacks," said Marc Weber Tobias. "The problem with this lock design is so elementary, that it frankly defies belief."

Unbelievably, BioLock VP Tim Larsson refuses to talk about repairing, replacing or taking back their ineffective product, which sells for approximately $200. Further, other retailers, from "big box" stores to specialized locksmiths, are also keeping the product on their shelves…but not BrickHouse Security.

"We are firmly dedicated to the safety and security of our customers, and unlike other retailers, cannot in good conscience continue to sell a product has so clearly been identified as being dangerously insecure," said Todd Morris, CEO, BrickHouse Security. "It's our ongoing conversations with Mr Tobias that brought this serious design flaw to light, and we look forward to our continuing relationship to ensure that all of our high-security locks are indeed secure."

Despite BioLock's refusal to accept returns of their insecure product, BrickHouse Security is taking it upon themselves to discontinue sales of the BioLock 333, and accept returns from their customers who purchased this product, even though this means that BrickHouse will have to absorb a considerable stock of useless product.

"Most locksmiths and large retailers trust that when a lock is given to them by a name manufacturer, the lock is indeed secure. They don't test it, and most don't truly know much about the mechanics of what goes on inside the lock," Todd Morris continued. "But with the help of Mr Tobias' expertise, BrickHouse Security customers can rest assured that they are purchasing a highly-secure product from the one retailer who is literally bringing in the experts to ensure their safety, and is unequivocally standing behind their product line."
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