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kensington and toilet paper

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kensington and toilet paper

Postby Barry » Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:54 pm


The new opening trick to open a kensington laptop lock using a roll of toilet paper was discovered at a conference called 'EuroFoo'.

A clip is online now, where the original trick is demonstrated.

http://www.archive.org/movies/movies-de ... roFoo_2004

Enjoy :)

With regards,

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Postby b540glenn » Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:00 pm

450 meg is a dandy of a file to download. Care to give a brief description?
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Postby Chucklz » Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:46 pm

Basically, this is essentially the same principle used in "standard" tubular picks. You impression the key as you go along, and end up with an open lock. The paper roll is wound around some pen or rod of the right diameter, and used to impression the key.
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Postby hzatorsk » Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:02 pm

...ah... I love my DS-3.

About 5/6ths the way through the video... a guy wearing a blakc "2600" T-shirt cuts a small section out of a toilet paper tube, wraps it around a pen to make a tube the same diameter as a key and then uses the tube to open the tubular lock.

Those that aren't familar with the Kensington lock, bear in mind it is missing several pins, it is only a five pin lock. Missing pins in the 12,3 and 9 oclock positions. Outside of that, they are indeed all keyed differently.

The tube sorta softens up and gives as he continually twists it inside the lock in the direction it opens.

He gets it open in about five seconds.

I've successfully reproduced it and I've opened the same Kensington style cable lock in less than 15 seconds on my first attempt.

Pretty creative trick.
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Postby pointofview » Wed Sep 15, 2004 12:10 am

Would this trick work on conventional tubular locks?
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Postby Mad Mick » Wed Sep 15, 2004 7:59 am

:wink: Why don't you try it and let us know...
Image If it ain't broke.....pull it down and see how it works anyway!
Mad Mick
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Postby Chucklz » Wed Sep 15, 2004 9:09 am

Btw, for those of you who were paying attention in the video, Gaffer's tape is like super duct tape. Its matte black, made of cloth with an adhesive that doesnt leave a sticky residue. Its used in the theatre/television/movie industry. It can be a bit expensive, $20 a roll is what many people pay. It can be hard to find, but its worth it.
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Postby pointofview » Wed Sep 15, 2004 9:57 am

I knew that working in Television would pay off sooner or later... :P
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Postby Barry » Wed Sep 15, 2004 7:10 pm

The trick works with any kind of tape.
So you can use scotch or any other material.

I also manage to do it without tape, but more errors occur when you do that.

Some people use a pen or something else round with the right diameter, roll the paper around it, and use a tie-rap or scotch tape to keep the paper in place.

But the basic idea is the same...

Because of the many requests I got for a smaller version of the video, I put one online that is 7 Mb ;)


All the best,

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Postby reg » Wed Sep 15, 2004 7:35 pm

Thanks for the video, Barry

nice trick, will that work on other tubulars as well?
I'll just try with one of mine ...
picky, picky ;)
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Postby EricM » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:45 pm

Heh oh yeah someone said some guy who opened the lock, was wearing a 2600 shirt, well low and behold lockpickers THAT'S BARRY!!!!!
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Postby Jerbz » Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:25 am

Hahaha how demoralizing for Kensington. Seriously, if i knew someone who made a lock that could be broken into using a toilet roll...hahhaha. Truely, thats embarrasing for them.

Nice video Barry, luckily i scrolled through the page before i downloaded the first clip :D .

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Postby RangerF150 » Fri Oct 01, 2004 4:34 am

Using a toilet rool to open a lock !

I guess you could say they are crap locks :-)
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Postby Cman22 » Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:00 am

I know this may sound stupid, but i couldn't get it. :cry: I'll keep working on it. I know you said a pen didn't work but would a cut off bic pen work i cut one up and its a perfect fit i just couldn't get it. Of course i couldn't get it with tp so i can't compare it.
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