Finally a blackbag update. Just too busy, but with the good things in life. Preparing now for Hack in the Box and Blackhat sessions at DefCon.

As you can see on the image above I am doing fine. The image is a picture made by Dutch Panorama Magazine a couple of weeks ago at the Amsterdam Toool meeting. Panorama interviewed me and wrote a pretty nice article about me.

One of the topics covered in the article is the flood of professional lock-related work I do at the moment. It is one of the reasons blackbag has not been updated for some time. Just too busy traveling, preparing courses, trainings, paid R&D and even work in the field of lock-forensics. When I say forensics it is not always answering the question if a particular technique was used to open a specific lock, it can also be in a role of expert witness to explain (or show) a particular lock can be opened quickly in court. I hope to follow up on the specific incident mentioned in Panorama when the case is final.

Next week we will be at ‘Hack In The Box’ in Amsterdam (may 19 and 20). Normally we would have the Amsterdam Toool meeting on Wednesday (May 18) in our traditional hangout (the Kamers cafe/restaurant), but this week it will be at the prestigious Krasnapolsky Hotel at Dam square in Amsterdam. If you want to learn about IT security and hobby-lockpicking, “Hack in the Box” is the place to be. I can offer a special discount if you want to attend “Hack in the Box”, so mail me for details.

One of the other courses we are preparing is for the blackhat sessions at DefCon (July 30-31). A two day hands on impressioning and safe-combo-manipulation course. Gonna be quite nice.

Still have a lot of work to do before I can announce LockCon 2011 …