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Toy opens garages


Bradford Garage Doors has recently learnt of an alarming security scare to do with automatic operating systems. Thankfully however the problem is confined to America.

The story itself involved a hacked children’s toy and the frequency with which garage door transmitters operate on.

According to reports, some garages in America are only protected by a two number password. Now it doesn’t take a genius to realise that there is only 90 combinations of two digit numbers so already cracking the code doesn’t seem to difficult. Now however a security researcher has found out that the code can be cracked, in under two seconds by a simple kid’s toy.

The toy, a discontinued Mattel toy called the IN-ME only has to be slightly altered and then it can through all the combinations in seconds and unlock the garage door.

For many homeowners this is a really big issue. If you consider what you store in your garage (valuable items such as cars and bikes) then a simple toy being able to gain access to them is not a great thought.

The hacker released a statement saying: “It’s a huge joke,” says Kamkar, a serial hacker who works as an independent developer and consultant. “The worst case scenario is that if someone wants to break into your garage, they can use a device you wouldn’t even notice in their pocket, and within seconds the garage door is open.”

Bradford Garage Doors take security seriously and are delighted that this has been bought to the attention of those in the industry. We recommend Hörmann operating systems because they offer the very best technology and security for the garage doors.

For more information on how to secure your garage door, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01274 352 303. 

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