A German hacker and security consultant has managed to produce plastic copies of handcuff keys using a 3D printer and laser cutter.
Known only as "Ray", the speaker told the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York that the copies allowed him to open handcuffs made by Bonowi and Chubb – despite these companies being known for their attempts to keep keys only in the hands of law enforcement.
Handcuffs have standard key designs, so that one police officer can cuff a suspect and another can uncuff him.
It raises an interesting question about the use of 3D printers, which are now widely available. Ray told the conference he was highlighting the issue to make police and other authorities aware of the tools to which criminals now have access.