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Hackers Hack Handcuffs at H.O.P.E. (Video) 172

Posted by Roblimo
from the over-under-around-and-through dept.
Have you ever been handcuffed and wish you weren't? Even if you haven't, what if you plan to demonstrate at a political party convention in the next couple of weeks? Either way, you need to watch this video, shot by Timothy Lord and unknown_lamer at H.O.P.E. (Hackers on Planet Earth), which will teach you the rudiments of unhandcuffing yourself -- but on purpose leaves out the fine points. For those, you'll need to buy several pairs of handcuffs and practice on your own. At worst, you will probably embarrass yourself no more than Timothy does as he tries to shimmy his handcuffed hands from behind him to in front of him, starting at about 5:18.

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Hackers Hack Handcuffs at H.O.P.E. (Video)

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  • Grrrrrowwwwlll!
    • Ok, did I miss it?

      I looked at all 3x links in the article, and didn't see the video on any of them....

  • come on (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 20, 2012 @12:37PM (#41056063)

    I am so sick of partial info that "leaves out the finer points". If you want to make good information, include ALL of the information.

  • Ah, there it is! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 20, 2012 @12:47PM (#41056199)

    I clicked every link in the post twice before I realized where to find the video...

    And now I know what it's like for grandma to "surf the Internets".

    • by ceoyoyo (59147)

      Ah, back in the good old days where, when you saw "watch this video" it was a hyperlink, clearly telling you where the video was located.

      Now that we have abusive ads all over the place and all run flash blockers, but everyone likes to do embedded videos because clicking on links is so old fashioned, none of us can tell when TFV is anymore.

  • At large operations where a lot of people are detained (or even arrested), handcuffs are not used. Too expensive and too bulky to have to use a couple hundred at a time. Zip ties (nylon cable ties) are used. They are both easier and harder to escape from than real handcuffs as they can be easily cut and can generally be opened with a paper clip, but it takes help and close physical access by the other party for these. (You could probably do it on your own if you can get the paper clip to your mouth and your
    • by berashith (222128)

      It is much harder to move your hands in front of you when detained with zip ties. The chain between the cuffs allows a gap that makes getting your ass between your forearms much easier.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 20, 2012 @12:59PM (#41056367)

      Uh, no...they're not (harder to escape from). I can show you (as can a little Google'ing) how to escape from even the stoutest of zip-cuffs in under 1 second. Doesn't mater if you're cuffed front or back. This was (and I'm certain still is) standard training for SOC, SERE and Counter Intel in the military (where I was taught) and is common knowledge (apparently not as common as I thought however). Do yourself a favor and head on over to ITS Tactical and you can see an instruction video from one of my buddies on how to properly 'pop' zip-cuffs with one fluid motion.

      • by mellyra (2676159) on Monday August 20, 2012 @02:05PM (#41057335)

        Uh, no...they're not (harder to escape from). I can show you (as can a little Google'ing) how to escape from even the stoutest of zip-cuffs in under 1 second. Doesn't mater if you're cuffed front or back. This was (and I'm certain still is) standard training for SOC, SERE and Counter Intel in the military (where I was taught) and is common knowledge (apparently not as common as I thought however). Do yourself a favor and head on over to ITS Tactical and you can see an instruction video from one of my buddies on how to properly 'pop' zip-cuffs with one fluid motion.

        only problem is that law enforcement doesn't use home depot zip cuffs (primarily because these can cut into your wrists in really nasty ways if you struggle) but special models which (besides having rounded edges and being pretty expensive) are also much harder to break or shim your way out of.

      • by F.Ultra (1673484)
        Good luck with breaking out when they are applied properly (i.e hog-tied).
    • They aren't actually cable ties. They are specially designed for use as handcuffs. Specifically, they are harder to shim and made so that (normally) you need a special "key" to open them or to cut them off.
  • by Kenja (541830) on Monday August 20, 2012 @12:48PM (#41056231)
    Handcuffs are just for restraining drunks. For the real dangerous folks (protesters, students, etc) you use zip ties.
    • by Kozz (7764)

      Handcuffs are just for restraining drunks. For the real dangerous folks (protesters, students, etc) you use zip ties.

      On the other hand, I recall seeing a video a short time ago in which a person volunteered to be zip-tied so they could demonstrate breaking them. It seemed to consist of getting your wrists beneath your backside and forcefully squatting down to snap them. I could be recalling the details wrong, but you can surely find a youtube video of people demonstrating this technique that would presumably not work with handcuffs unless they were already materially compromised in some way.

      • by Culture20 (968837)

        I recall seeing a video a short time ago in which a person volunteered to be zip-tied so they could demonstrate breaking them. It seemed to consist of getting your wrists beneath your backside and forcefully squatting down to snap them.

        Snap your wrists or the ties?

  • by fm6 (162816) on Monday August 20, 2012 @12:51PM (#41056261) Homepage Journal

    But like many hacks, notable for being interesting rather than useful, since cops who need to restrain a lot of people at once use plastic ties, not handcuffs. For an applicable hack see the lastest episode of Breaking Bad [amazon.com].

    • by jeti (105266)

      Seriously? Don't you have fuses in the US?

      • by fm6 (162816)

        I'm sure Walt was careful not to let the wires touch. The resistance of the strap would have prevented a short.

  • ...use a key.

    • by 3seas (184403)

      For info on where to get one...... If I have to tell you then you don't need one... or you don't deserve one.

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      ...use a key.

      Or a paper clip. Which of course IS a key once you finish bending it.

    • by drkim (1559875)

      ...use a key.

      Agreed. The shimming only works if they don't double lock them. And they always double lock them.
      So, if you are going to hide a shim on you, you may as well just hide a key.

  • EVERY TIME I have tried to watch an embedded video on Slashdot, it has been abysmally slow to load. An almost complete waste of my time.

    JUST LINK TO VIDEOS, DON'T TRY TO EMBED. You are doing your readers a disservice. Just add a link and let people watch off the original server. It works far better.
    • In this case it turns out that the Ooyala player insists on using "local storage" ("flash cookies") before it will work at all, but I do not allow sites to use local storage. Nor should anything on Slashdot be dependent on such a nefarious system in order to work.

      Bad move, Slashdot.
  • by HockeyPuck (141947) on Monday August 20, 2012 @01:14PM (#41056553)

    So let's say you're illegally protesting (without a permit, disturbing bystanders, not disbursing..etc) and you get cuffed by the cops.

    What's the increase in penalties vs. just staying cuffed? ... a bit of research later...

    Seems that you can spend up to a year in jail [onecle.com] for what is now a misdemeanor, as opposed to getting a ticket for the infraction.

    • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Monday August 20, 2012 @01:27PM (#41056775)

      "Seems that you can spend up to a year in jail for what is now a misdemeanor, as opposed to getting a ticket for the infraction."

      Resisting arrest has always carried relatively harsh penalties. Theoretically, though, you have to do it actively (struggle or try to escape), as opposed to passively (sitting down or lying limp).

      • I should add: again at least theoretically, removing your handcuffs but not trying to escape would not be "resisting arrest". IANAL, but I am pretty sure a good lawyer could argue that on the contrary, it is strong evidence that you were NOT resisting.

        It's not something I would recommend. But still.
    • I'm not a lawyer, but is it considered "attempting to escape" if you just pop the cuffs and sit there? For me personally I get claustrophobic when confined like that. I wouldn't be terribly bothered being arrested as such, but the cuffs would really irritate me. What if you popped them off and sat politely in the car? Would that still run afoul of this section?
      • Well, there's "can they charge you with it?" and there's "do you want to pay for a lawyer to defend you from it?" I'm quite sure popping any restraints, no matter what you do afterwards, is going to get you further charges, either escape or resisting arrest. Neither furthers your cause. If you're protesting to make a point, don't give the press or the judge further ammo. A future prospective employer/border control officer may not care so much about a disorderly conduct if the reasons are explained, but
    • Seems the Northern California chapter of the ACLU [aclunc.org] has some information if you plan on participating in a "sit in".

      Even they tell you to understand the law. I can't imagine the ACLU advocating that "breaking out of your handcuffs" would further your cause.

    • by drkim (1559875)

      What's the increase in penalties vs. just staying cuffed? ...

      No disrespect but: What's the point? If you're allowing yourself to be jailed, you've just changed it from:
      Getting cuffed. Going to jail.
      ...to...
      Getting cuffed. Getting cuffed again. Going to jail.

      I could see busting out the cuffs if you're going to walk away, but what does picking the cuffs do except piss off the cops? (And, as you've pointed out, increase your legal exposure.)

  • Here is a link to a torrent [hattorrents.com] in case you, like me, don't allow sites to used "local storage" via Flash but you still want to see the video.
    • That is a different video (and a better one). The video attached to the summary, is at tool demonstration desk and not a talk.

  • Yes, teach people how to go from being arrested for committing a misdemeanor which might amount to time served and might be dismissed to committing several felonies which can earn one a stiff fine, a lengthy jail sentence or prison time, and possibly get them shot in the process. Wonderful idea, keep up the good work.

  • Just don't forget your safe word.

  • none of this will work. (Don't ask how I know...)

    When the U.S. Marshals cuff you for transport, you get leg irons plus handcuffs plus a key-locked box placed over the handcuffs so you can't get access to the handcuffs at all. Good luck getting out of that unless you're Houdini (or at least well-trained in escape magic and have the proper tools secreted up your butt.)

    However, local cops do screw up. A handcuff key stuffed in a money belt behind you is quite likely to be missed in a frisk, even if they suspec

    • You mean they do work, but not necessarily to escape (which depends on the situation, and whether you know weakest moments). Got it.

  • Seems like a monumentally bad idea to try to get out of cuffs. I've been told by a deputy friend that as soon as one cuff is still on your wrist, and the other is hanging, you now have possession of a deadly weapon.
    As for the keys, How much you wanna bet that they can't make a "possession of burglary tools" charge stick if you're carrying lock picks of any kind?

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