Masterlock Python - Vulnerablity Warning!
So over at the HiR Information Report, my attention was drawn to a post by AxOn, which has what looks like a step-by-step guide on how to get around Masterlock’s Python.
Basically, he shows that with a strip of alumunium cut from a drinks can, you can “shim’ the lock to get it open. This is a variation on using a credit card to get in through a door that’s only protected by an old-style Yale lock.
It needs a bit of time . . . but sounds like the sort of thing that with practice, your average scroat on the street would be able to do in seconds. Which is all very worrying!
Fortunately, shimming this lock requires that you can pull more cable through the one-way ratchet to draw in your shim, and this is where the method for defeating the lock can hopefully be defeated. As AxOn points out, if you make sure that the cable is pulled through as tight as you can, and that there’s no slack at all, the drawing the shim into the lock mechanism becomes a whole lot harder.
That said . . . I think I’ll be sticking with a chunky D-lock & secondary cable for now.