Practical Lock Picking

Practical Lock Picking

A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide

2nd Edition - September 24, 2012

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  • Author: Deviant Ollam
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597499903
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499897

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Practical Lock Picking, Second Edition, is an instructional manual that covers everything from straightforward lockpicking to quick-entry techniques such as shimming, bumping, and bypassing. Written by Deviant Ollam, one of the security industry's best-known lockpicking teachers, and winner of the Best Book Bejtlich Read in 2010 award, this book contains detailed photos that make learning as easy as picking a lock. Material is offered in easy-to-follow lessons that allow even beginners to acquire the knowledge very quickly. Whether the student will be hired at some point to penetrate security or simply trying to harden his or her own defenses, this book is essential.This edition has been updated to reflect the changing landscape of tools and tactics which have emerged in recent years. It consists of 6 chapters that discuss topics such as the fundamentals of pin tumbler and wafer locks; the basics of picking, with emphasis on how to exploit weaknesses; tips for beginners on how to get very good and very fast in picking locks; advanced training; quick-entry tricks about shimming, bumping, and bypassing; and pin tumblers in other configurations.This book is geared specifically toward penetration testers, security consultants, IT security professionals, and hackers.

Key Features

  • Detailed full-color photos make learning as easy as picking a lock
  • Extensive appendix details tools and toolkits currently available for all your lock picking needs


Penetration testers, security consultants, and IT security professionals, hackers

Table of Contents

  • Dedication


    Author’s Note

    About the Author

    About the Technical Editor

    Ethical Considerations

    Scenario One

    Scenario Two

    Scenario Three

    So what do you think?

    Do not pick locks you do not own

    Do not pick locks on which you rely

    Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Pin Tumbler and Wafer Locks

    Pin Tumbler Locks

    Wafer Locks


    Chapter 2. The Basics of Picking—Exploiting Weaknesses

    Exploiting Weaknesses in Locks

    Picking with a Lifting Technique

    Picking with a Raking Technique


    Chapter 3. Beginner Training—How to Get Very Good, Very Fast

    A Word on Equipment

    The Basics of Field Stripping

    Starter Exercises

    Learning Exercises

    Challenging Yourself Further

    Using Rakes and Jigglers

    Wafer Lock Exercises

    Extra Hints


    Chapter 4. Advanced Training—Learning Some Additional Skills

    Pick-Resistant Pins

    Specialized Picking Techniques

    Specialized Picking Tools

    Practice Exercises

    Real-World Locks Which Offer Greater Challenges


    Chapter 5. Quick-Entry Tricks—Shimming, Bumping, and Bypassing

    Padlock Shims

    Snapping and Bumping

    Comb Picks

    American Lock Bypass Tool

    Door Bypassing


    Chapter 6. They All Come Tumbling Down—Pin Tumblers in Other Configurations

    Tubular Locks

    Cruciform Locks

    Dimple Locks

    The Secret Weakness in 90% of Padlocks


    Appendix: Guide to Tools and Toolkits

    Guide To Differentiating Pick Tools

    A Note About Tension Tools

    Pick Kit Suggestions



Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2012
  • Published: September 24, 2012
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597499903
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499897

About the Author

Deviant Ollam

Deviant Ollam's first and strongest love has always been teaching. A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Science, Technology, and Society program, he is always fascinated by the interplay that connects human values and social trends to developments in the technical world. While earning his BS degree at NJIT, Deviant also completed the History degree program federated between that institution and Rutgers University. While paying the bills as a security auditor and penetration testing consultant with The CORE Group, Deviant is also a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. division of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. Every year at DEFCON and ShmooCon, Deviant runs the Lockpick Village, and he has conducted physical security training sessions at Black Hat, DeepSec, ToorCon, HackCon, ShakaCon, HackInTheBox, CanSecWest, ekoparty, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. His favorite Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are, in no particular order, the 1st, 2nd, 9th, and 10th.

Affiliations and Expertise

Member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. division of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers and Security Auditor and Penetration Testing Consultant with The CORE Group

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