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Actuality (Uncut Material)
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Sept. 16, 2004, 2:54 p.m.
Krypto Bike Locks Can Now Be Opened With Just A Bic Pen. Be Careful.
MIDWEEK CRISIS: An ATI Press Advisory For 16sep04

The Best Bike Lock Ever Made Just Got Useless.

Well at least for securing bikes.
There are .MOVs and .MPGs on the internet that
show how a common bic pen can be used as a skeleton

No word on whether there will be a formal recall or not,
but I can't imagine Ingersall Rand (current owner of the
krypto name and likeness) responding any other way.

Here's their only written response so far:


We understand there are concerns regarding tubular cylinders used in some
Kryptonite locks. The tubular cylinder, a standard industry-wide design,
has been successfully used for more than 30 years in our products and other
security applications without significant issues.

The current Kryptonite locks based on a tubular cylinder design continue
to present an effective deterrent to theft. As part of our continuing
commitment to produce performance and improved security, Kryptonite has
been developing a disc-style cylinder for some years. In 2000, Kryptonite
introduced the disc-style cylinder in its premier line of products, the
New York series. In 2002, Kryptonite began development of a new disc
cylinder system for both its Evolution and KryptoLok product lines, which
currently use the tubular cylinder design. These products are scheduled
to be introduced in the next few weeks.

We are accelerating the delivery of the new disc cylinder locks and we will
communicate directly with our distributors, dealers and consumers within the
coming days. The world just got tougher and so did our locks.


I've got a call in to their Customer Service dept., but beyond
verifying which kryptos are in fact vulnerable they're not able
to tell us anything else; just that they expect to know a lot
more very soon.

Information about this has been floating around cyberspace for
a few weeks now but the story broke wide open at about three
this morning when someone posted videos and text to the global
indymedia newswire.

For the non corporate media, I'm marco.


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