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Elevator Hacking: From the Pit to the Penthouse



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Throughout the history of hacker culture, elevators have played a key role. From the mystique of students at MIT taking late-night rides upon car tops (don't do that, please!) to the work of modern pen testers who use elevators to bypass building security systems (it's easier than you think!) these devices are often misunderstood and their full range of features and abilities go unexplored. This talk will be an in-depth explanation of how elevators work... allowing for greater understanding, system optimizing, and the subversion of security in many facilities. Those who attend will learn why an elevator is virtually no different than an unlocked staircase as far as building security is concerned!
While paying the bills as a security auditor and penetration testing consultant with his company, The CORE Group, Deviant Ollam is also member of the Board of Directors of the US division of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. Deviant runs the Lockpicking Village with TOOOL at HOPE, DEFCON, ShmooCon, etc, and he has conducted physical security training sessions for Black Hat, DeepSec, ToorCon, HackCon, ShakaCon, HackInTheBox, ekoparty, AusCERT, GovCERT, CONFidence, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. His favorite Amendments to the US Constitution are, in no particular order, the 1st, 2nd, 9th, & 10th.
Howard Payne is an elevator consultant from New York specializing in code compliance and accident investigations. He has logged over 9,000 hours examining car-tops, motor rooms, and hoistways in cases ranging from minor injuries to highly-publicized fatalities, and has contributed to forensic investigations that have been recognized by local, State, and Federal courts. Howard has appeared on national broadcast television making elevators do things they never should. When he's not riding up and down high-rise hoistways, he moonlights as a drum and bass DJ and semi-professional gambler. His favorite direction is Up and his favorite elevator feature is riot mode.

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This could be interesting, but thereโ€™s no way Iโ€™m watching the whole thing. -Me... 2hrs ago

by Travis Tibbs 1 year ago

I can't believe I watched this whole video... but, it was incredibly interesting.... And, I'm not really interested in elevators... or, at least, I wasn't before this video.... Very well done...

by Joe_breezyjr 4 years ago

"This is the Lock Picking Lawyer and today we have the unpickable tubular elevator key lock..."

by stani iliev 11 months ago

"theres seismically stable regions. then theres southern california" someone smacks the camera funny guy.

by FWAKWAKKA 11 months ago

As young teens, a friend of mine and i were stuck in an elevator that refused to open doors, in a small shopping mall. We pushed the emergency ringer and waited. Pushed again, several times during the approximately 30min we spent in that box. Nobody cared, no emergency phone existed, nobody even called the elevator to the other floor (yes, it ran between two floors, serving as elevator for disabled persons to bypass stairs). Then as a last effort - nobody had cell phones back then - i tried to pull the doors open forcibly, having some physical characteristics...

Turned out that the doors had unlocked but the machine forgot to open them. Doors slid open with some effort and we were free from eternal forgottenness...

Imagine this happening to someone with disabilities taking a ride alone.

by sleeptyper 2 years ago

I am disappointed that you failed to discuss elevator music

by Garyjamin 5 years ago

We have a Schindler elevator at work. And every day I just think "Schindler's Lift"

by Morgan Balbert 1 year ago

I can't believe Youtube just randomly recommended a two-hour lecture about elevators to everybody and people are actually watching it. And I am one of them.

by Valeria Vagapova 11 months ago

I used to work in industrial water treatment (boilers, cooling towers) so I have been to areas in buildings that most people never get to see. I can tell you that the best and easiest way to "hack" into a building is to dress like a contractor. A t-shirt with some sort of company name on it (or a reflective vest), a hard hat, a tool bag, and an ID card around your neck (I made my own with my company's logo on it) will go a long way. Also, it's important to always look like you know where you are going, or what you are supposed to be doing. If you can't get access to a certain area, just ask someone - chances are they will gladly help if you explain "why you are there"! Many times I've heard "Oh, are you here to fix the elevator?" when I was wearing a shirt that said Water Treatment. Access to restricted areas of office buildings, hospitals, manufacturing plants, even data centers and Verizon central offices, no problem! If the public knew how easy it is for bad guys to get into our infrastructure, they'd shit themselves.

by The Magus 1 year ago

This talk was...ok. It had its ups....and downs.

by Esteban Rincon 1 year ago

At the beginning: Elevators are really safe.
At the end: Yeah but owners, maintenance and inspections can be shit.

by Disruptive_Innovator 11 months ago

I found this talk very up-lifting...

by Trimere 5 years ago

About a month ago we learnt here that there's another gruesome way an elevator could kill you.
The underground parking floor got flooded by rainwater and a young couple took an elevator there and drowned inside it :(

by Denis Polyakov 1 year ago

I also imagine that having the elevator at the top during a seismic event would serve another purpose:
The elevator could "ride" the rubble down if the building collapses. Instead of the cab being buried under the weight of the building, it would be nearer to the top of the demo heap. Easier to recover people trapped inside.

by L T 11 months ago

Camera shakes when he said Southern California O.o it's like they knew.

by EDToaster 5 years ago

I thought this was an album from an artist named Elevator Hacking and I was excited for some weird electronic/ambient tones based on the cover that spanned a long time. Pleasantly surprised.

by Inressa 5 months ago

2 hours, I never thought I'd make it when I started to watch - in fact I only clicked on the vid at first because it was unusually long! One of the best vids I've watched, ever, so many phys-axx issues with this kit and a very interesting perspective into an overlooked axx playfield.

by Gord Slater 5 years ago

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