New Lockpicking Club: Rochester TOOOL

Posted by antitree on Thu 19 April 2012

Tonight (Thursday) a new club will be using the Rochester hackerspace as a meeting ground for its first event. The Rochester TOOOL (yes three O's) chapter is starting up organized by Jason Ross. What's a Jason Ross and what's a TOOOL right? Jason is the newest Interlock member and comes from a background in security - computer security, network security, physical security.. secure all the things!

Why Lock Picking?


It's happened to the best of us, your bloodshot eyes open to find that you've been strapped to a bed with handcuffs again. What do you do to get out? Call for help? Wait until the lady comes back to break your legs like in Misery? No, you know how the locking mechanism works on a pair of handcuffs and you shim your way out and escape through the window to freedom.

Lock picking is learning about how locks work which turns them into a puzzle. The number of pins in a tumbler tells you how difficult the lock is. What does it mean when a pair of handcuffs are double locked? What are security pins? What's the difference between a wafer lock and a pin tumbler? If you have these questions, TOOOL is the group to talk with to have them answered.



TOOOLis The Open Organization Of Lockpickers. These guys love to learn and teach about locks, lock picking, and physical security. The difference between TOOOL and a normal locksmith, is first they don't do it for money, second, they exchange information about locks and lock picking openly, and third, they have more of a sense of humor than your standard locksmith. To become a locksmith, normally you'd have to learn through an apprenticeship. TOOOL on the other hand will be giving presentations to the community, teaching people how to pick locks, and helping spread the knowledge about lock picking openly to the community.


Is having a pair of lock picks legal? Is it against the law to know how to lock pick? What if TSA finds a set of lock picks in your bag?? These are all boring, but serious questions that TOOOL will answer. Here's a hint, do you think Interlock would promote illegal activity on their blog?

What to expect at the meeting:

image2The meeting is open to the public and is meant to be the first of future meetings. There will be a presentation of some kind related to lock picking and a lot of discussion about how future meetings will happen. The organization requires that you become a member in order to keep up to date on the groups activities but there will also be public non-member, public meetings in the future. If you can't come to tonight's meeting but you're interested in learning about how the group works, you can email Jason Ross.

Rochester TOOOL Chapter meeting starts at 7pm on 4/19 at Interlock.