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TUCoPS :: Physical Security :: lp-mag~1.htm

(Accessory file for The Hackers Guide to Lockpicking)
Lock-Picking Page: Magnetic Locks


Magnetic locks are fascinating. I almost hate to open them because I feel that I have breached their uniqueness. In reality, you do not pick them, but "confuse" them. They generally work on the principle that like magnetic polarities repel each other. The key is a set of small magnets arranged in a certain order to repel other magnets in the lock, thereby allowing the spring-loaded bolt or cam to open the lock.

By using a pulsating electromagnetic field, you can cause the magnets in the lock to vibrate violently at thirty vibrations per second, thereby allowing it to be opened by intermittent tugging of the bolt or turning of the door knob.

This method may also ruin the small magnets in the lock by changing their magnetic status or properties. So, if you have to perform an emergency break-in with these locks, do not relock the door. The card or key will not operate the lock.

The magnetic pick can be used on padlocks by strok- ing it across the place where the key is placed. It is also designed to fit into the doorknob and is used by stroking one pole in and out or by using the other pole the same way.

If you have had little or no training and experience building something like this, please have a friend who is familiar with basic electronics do it for you. Do not take the chance of electrocuting yourself. Make sure that the coil is also completely covered with electrician's tape after you have wound the 34 gauge wire. Also make sure that the steel core has at least three layers of tape over it. Do not leave the unit plugged in for more than two to three minutes at any one time as this may cause overheating which could cause it to burn out or start a fire. It is safe to use if constructed properly and not left plugged in unattended. Opening magnetic locks requires only 30 to 60 seconds anyway, so don't leave the unit plugged in for longer.

For magnetic padlocks, use a back-and-forth stroking action along the length of the keyway. For magnetic door locks, use a stroking in-and-out action in the slot of the knob alternating from one side (pole) of the pick to the other.

The "key" for a magnetic door lock is a metal or plastic card containing an array of magnetic domains or regions coded in a specific order to allow entry. The magnetic pick bypasses that.

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