History Main / SafeCracking

17th Jul '16 8:57:56 AM nombretomado
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* In ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', Mr. E.H. Harriman's newest safe defeats Butch's cracker. So they use dynamite. A LOT of dynamite. It winds up destroying the whole train car as well as the safe and sending the money flying everywhere.

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* In ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', Mr. E.H. Harriman's newest safe defeats Butch's cracker. So they use dynamite. A LOT of dynamite. It winds up destroying the whole train car as well as the safe and sending the money flying everywhere.
15th Jul '16 6:59:15 AM REV6Pilot
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* In 2003 a vault in the Secure Antwerp Diamond Area was robbed by a group of sophisticated Italian thieves known as the School of Turin making off with anywhere from $108-432 million. They defeated a number of high tech security systems in order to pull it off, including using hairspray against the motion detectors(due to the fact that it would be transparent enough for the system to arm but opaque enough to make the sensor useless). The vault itself though was interesting in that no one knows exactly how they got the combination. It was suggested that hidden cameras were used to record the combination being entered (In a ''Wired'' magazine article). The problem with that idea is that the combination was entered by viewing the dial through a magnification lens specifically to avoid the problem of shoulder surfing. One interesting possibility was that the dial was never manually zeroed by spinning the dial after the door was locked such that all that was necessary was turning the key(this is an issue with mechanical lock vaults as they are too complicated to zero automatically). Another option was that one of the individuals had written down the combination and it was pickpocketed from them(at least one of the concierges with the combination admitted to having wrote down the combination ). In addition to the combination, the key that opened the vault door was on a foot long pole(to prevent lockpicking attempts) that was stored in a closet next to the vault with the key left screwed on out of laziness(which fits the second theory on the combination). This was all described in the book Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History.

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* In 2003 a vault in the Secure Antwerp Diamond Area was robbed by a group of sophisticated Italian thieves known as the School of Turin making Turin, who made off with anywhere from $108-432 million. 108 and 420 million dollars. They defeated a number of high tech security systems in order to pull it off, including using hairspray against the motion detectors(due detectors (due to the fact that it would be transparent enough for the system to arm but opaque enough to make the sensor useless). The vault itself though was interesting in that no one knows exactly how they got the combination. It was suggested in a ''Wired'' magazine article that hidden cameras were used to record the combination being entered (In a ''Wired'' magazine article).entered. The problem with that idea is that the combination was entered by viewing the dial through a magnification lens specifically to avoid the problem of shoulder surfing. One interesting possibility was that the dial was never manually zeroed by spinning the dial after the door was locked such that all that was necessary was turning the key(this key (this is an issue with mechanical lock vaults as they are too complicated to zero automatically). Another option was that one of the individuals had written down the combination and it was pickpocketed from them(at them (at least one of the concierges with the combination admitted to having wrote written down the combination ). combination). In addition to the combination, the key that opened the vault door was on a foot long pole(to foot-long pole (to prevent lockpicking attempts) that was stored in a closet next to the vault with vault, ''with the key left screwed on on'' out of laziness(which laziness (which fits the second theory on the combination). This was all described in the book Flawless: ''Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History.History''.
3rd Apr '16 1:50:50 AM Alceister
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** All devices have weaknesses, the most basic being an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_torch oxy-acetylene torch]] which can cut through feet of steel over a typical Holiday Weekend. Being less obvious takes more time, but anyone with intimate knowledge of the device can usually find a way in.
*** The safe-maker can only defend against the attacks he can think of, the safe-cracker only has to find the ''one'' thing the safe-maker missed.
* More often than one would like to believe the combinations on safes are left at their factory default settings.

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** All devices have weaknesses, the most basic common being an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_torch oxy-acetylene torch]] which can cut through feet of steel over a typical Holiday Weekend. Being less obvious takes more time, but anyone with intimate knowledge of the device can usually find a way in.
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in. The safe-maker can only defend against the attacks he can think of, the safe-cracker only has to find the ''one'' thing the safe-maker missed.
** Someone recently found that moving a sufficiently powerful rare earth magnet around the door of a fire-proof safe can dislodge the bolts keeping it locked.
* More often than one would like to believe believe, the combinations on safes are left at their factory default settings.
23rd Nov '15 6:27:36 PM Snipertoaster
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** This is possible in the sequel via a perk in the ghost tree.

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** This is possible in [[VideoGame/{{Payday2}} the sequel sequel]] via a perk in the ghost tree.tree. It's time-consuming, but quicker and quieter than drilling, assuming that the player isn't interrupted.
8th Nov '15 8:45:57 PM nombretomado
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* RichardFeynman got into the habit of breaking into safes while working on the Manhattan Project. He discovered that, due to a design flaw, when one of the combination-locked filing cabinets that were used to hold the project's documents was open, he could read off all but one number of the combination. Then he broke into the main project archives, [[CrazyAwesome because the guy who could have let him in was out of the office]].

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* RichardFeynman UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman got into the habit of breaking into safes while working on the Manhattan Project. He discovered that, due to a design flaw, when one of the combination-locked filing cabinets that were used to hold the project's documents was open, he could read off all but one number of the combination. Then he broke into the main project archives, [[CrazyAwesome because the guy who could have let him in was out of the office]].
5th Nov '15 5:34:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''RanmaOneHalf'': Genma, who invented two martial arts styles based on theft, is shown to be a safecracker.

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* ''RanmaOneHalf'': ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Genma, who invented two martial arts styles based on theft, is shown to be a safecracker.
1st Nov '15 6:16:31 AM kchishol
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* The 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had the Riddler used a different method: he obtained a supply of a rare wax that becomes powerfully corrosive when exposed to flame to eat through locks and simply poke them clear of the door itself to open it.
25th Sep '15 2:46:30 PM Discar
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->''It's about fitting into a culture with its own rules and hierarchies. It's a world where [[BankRobbery bank robbers]] are the rock stars, [[ConMan con artist]]s are the snobs, [[HeroStoleMyBike car thieves]] are the blue collar guys...and safe crackers are ''[[MadArtist the artists]].
-->--'''''Series/BurnNotice''''', "Scatter Point"

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->''It's ->''"It's about fitting into a culture with its own rules and hierarchies. It's a world where [[BankRobbery bank robbers]] robbers are the rock stars, [[ConMan con artist]]s artists are the snobs, [[HeroStoleMyBike car thieves]] thieves are the blue collar guys...and safe crackers are ''[[MadArtist the artists]].
-->--'''''Series/BurnNotice''''',
'''the artists'''."''
-->-- '''''Series/BurnNotice''''',
"Scatter Point"



* In a season two episode of ''PersonOfInterest'', the person Reese has to protect is a retired safecracker who gets blackmailed by his old gang into cracking one last safe. Finch mentions that cracking a safe by the sound of the tumblers is a lost art. He doesn't mention the fact that this is because modern safes are designed so that thieves can't do that anymore (Which, given that the safecracker succeeds in opening the safe, proves that either he's really good or the safe was obsolete).

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* In a season two episode of ''PersonOfInterest'', ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', the person Reese has to protect is a retired safecracker who gets blackmailed by his old gang into cracking one last safe. Finch mentions that cracking a safe by the sound of the tumblers is a lost art. He doesn't mention the fact that this is because modern safes are designed so that thieves can't do that anymore (Which, given that the safecracker succeeds in opening the safe, proves that either he's really good or the safe was obsolete).
12th Aug '15 11:47:02 AM kchishol
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* ''Film/DieHard'' has Hans Gruber and his gang deal with a super secure vault. Here, Gruber's tech expert, Theo, notes that he can break through 6 of the seven locks, the final electromagnetic lock is beyond him. However, Gruber's EvilPlan is set up to deal with this.
22nd Jul '15 2:10:48 PM Jallen
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* The Steam horror game ''Kidnapped'' features a particularly easy to crack safe with; with a stethoscope found in the same room as the safe all you need to do it hover it over the door and turn to handle to make it open.
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