Hack in 60 seconds …

What tricks modern apartment burglars are not allowed to use, what technologies are not invented to take possession of our hard-earned property. Moreover: the so-called “bear-cracking”, otherwise – the skill of opening locking devices, has become something like another hobby. Typing the relevant queries in any search engine, we get links to thousands of pages, where the mechanisms and technologies of hacking are described in detail, and on some sites for a symbolic amount you can even purchase a set of tools of a “real hacker”. At this rate, the hour is not far off when every student will be able to demonstrate the mastered skills on a dare. And there is no guarantee that your door will not be a victim of the efforts of a young enthusiast. Not the most pleasant prospect, is it?


But this is not a reason to give up. Modern manufacturers of protection systems are not asleep either. Developers of the latest models of door locks carefully analyze the entire arsenal of criminals and disarm them, creating new, more durable models … “Forewarned is forearmed” – this is the principle of work of one of the leading manufacturers of high-tech door locks, the Italian company CISA. Revealing the secrets of experienced crackers, CISA keeps the most important – your security secret.

In general, professionals divide methods of unauthorized entry into two types – undercover (without visible traces of hacking) and force. Let’s look “behind enemy lines” and figure out which is which.

An autopsy that does not leave traces of burglary is doubly unpleasant. Not only do you lose valuable things due to theft, but you also cannot prove it, for example, to an insurance company when trying to compensate for the loss. How does such a hack happen??

The easiest way, which does not even require manual dexterity and finger sensitivity, is to pick a key. Fortunately, every craftsman accumulates a lot of them over the years. The more complex one is the master key. In fact, a master key is not something specific, given once and for all. This is the name of a whole class of products – from the simplest (such as a bent wire) to complex electromechanical devices. But they have the same essence – to adapt to the combination of your lock, and imitate the key.

They work against the rightful owner here: the low secrecy of the locks (the number of possible key options) and the fact that the edges of the code elements of the locks are grinded down as they are used, which makes the real secrecy of the lock noticeably fall. Those. the lock opens not only with its own key, but also with a similar configuration.


How to protect yourself from such manipulations? As a rule, lever keys have a constant fixed distance between the teeth, which makes it easier to open the lock and make a copy of the key. In the patented CISA lever system, this distance changes, which increases the number of possible key combinations from several thousand to more than two hundred million – of course, it is much more difficult to decipher the mechanism of such a lock and choose the appropriate key. In addition, the inner part of such locks is made of hard-alloy and wear-resistant materials, which allows the lock not to lose its protective ability over time..

The last know-how of burglars is bumping, a method of opening a cylinder with a special device (“bump key”). With a tapping motion, the robber creates vibration inside the castle, due to which individual elements begin to jump. Jumping parts open the way for the master key, and it only remains to turn it at the right moment. The saddest thing is that an experienced burglar will only need about 30 seconds to, without attracting special attention, open your door in this way. (We sometimes fiddle with the keys longer ..) How to be?

Here, heavy artillery must be used. In 2006 year CISA patented cylinders, specially protected from “bumping”. In the course of the investigations carried out, all attempts to open this cylinder failed, for which the CISA cylinders received the “Bump Protection” certificate. By the way, for some insurance companies, the presence of such a cylinder in the lock is a weighty argument in your favor when concluding a contract..

Speaking about power types of opening, let’s start with drilling – the most common method that does not require the use of complex tools and special skills. Sadly, this is a very formidable weapon in the hands of a modern attacker who knows where to drill in order to further quietly, quietly, literally with a screwdriver, open the lock.

However, if you take care of safety in time, then it is not difficult to protect yourself from such a guest. CISA has developed a whole range of devices that will protect every detail of your lock from drilling. A special manganese plate for fastening the lock, with protection against drilling, has been released for sale. It is mounted between the door and the lock and reliably protects the entire closing system. In addition, special armor pads will provide protection against cylinder drilling..

In general, with a forceful break-in, the cylinder is the most vulnerable place in the lock. For example, one of the most effective methods of illegal entry is the fracture of the cylinder in the middle, in the place of the fastening bolt hole. A broken cylinder will no longer be able to protect the door and a burglar will easily get inside …


To protect yourself from such a “surprise”, you should use a cylinder with an active heavy-duty insert that prevents it from breaking. CISA has taken these points into account when making its products. For example, to the bottom of the cylinder Sigillo a core of high strength and elasticity is mounted (6 rigid and one flexible plates). Such a cylinder will become a serious obstacle even for an experienced “bugbear”. By the way, the core is clearly visible from the outside of the door: having noticed it, a burglar may change his mind at all to open your door..
A rather straightforward solution is to saw through the crossbars of the lock (otherwise the pins) or scrapped them. Everything here, of course, rests on the material from which the elements of the castle are made. If you have light mild steel crossbars, then for thieves practicing this method, your door will be just a tidbit. 3-5 minutes of work with a hacksaw and your lock turns into a useless piece of iron. CISA uses the strongest metal alloys in its locks. To cut such crossbars, a burglar will need more than one hour of hard work, which is not very compatible with reality..
The most “forceful” way of breaking can be called the method of knocking out, when with the help of a sledgehammer, with a slight movement of the hand, the “strongman” hits the lock, “knocking out” the cylinder. Thieves usually use this method in those houses where you can make noise without being afraid to attract attention, for example, in new buildings, where half of the apartments are being renovated, the other half are not yet inhabited..

To counter such hacking CISA offers steel armor plates – hardened steel protection that prevents a burglar from getting close to the lock itself. In an “alarming case”, the power load falls not on the cylinder, but on the armor plate, which significantly increases the reliability of the door-lock system.

As practice shows, there is no such locking device to which it will be impossible to find a way to open it. One thing pleases us, we act – they react. And while they react, we take the next step towards your safety..

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