Videos DEF CON 22 - Deviant Ollam & Howard Payne - Elevator Hacking - From the Pit to the Penthouse

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DEF CON 22 – Deviant Ollam & Howard Payne – Elevator Hacking – From the Pit to the Penthouse

Elevator Hacking – From the Pit to the Penthouse
Deviant Ollam The CORE Group
Howard Payne The CORE Group

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.

Twitter: @deviantollam, @TCGsec

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.

Twitter: @SgtHowardPayne

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22 Responses to DEF CON 22 – Deviant Ollam & Howard Payne – Elevator Hacking – From the Pit to the Penthouse

  1. I would like to work with yall.20yr in the biz

  2. ABaumstumpf says:

    Peak mode… that is so annoying if not used.
    Company with many people coming in 3 waves at the morning – around 6:30, 7 and 7:30.
    Like 200 people each wave, 4 Elevators, 6 floors – and you can bet that all are somewhere on floor 5/6. And the exact same thing at lunch and in the evening again.
    At the very least make the elevators spread – 1 in the upper floors, one at ground level.

  3. Joe Duke says:

    How many people die per year, on elevators speeding along sideways? Or is that only a Star Trek thing?

  4. licustoms says:

    A family member whom has passed away leaving me with all of their stuff was an elevator repair and installer for a very long time. This was really fascinating to see… and now I know what some of the special tools are that I have. Much appreciated! I have no idea what to do with them but for now I will keep them.

  5. I can confirm that holding the door closed button on an elevator did work on one specific location for me, for at least a year. It was at the library at the university I studied at, and I rarely abused my newfound powers…rarely…But I have never seen it work since. And I don't know how people think it works, but it was clearly a bug in the operating software, that has since been patched (I mean, I DID graduate 16 years ago). The elevator would stop as normal, which was your signal to hit the button, and you'd hear the actuators rapidly cycle to open and then closed, and the elevator would continue on its journey. I can only imagine how crazy this would drive the people on the other side, especially since I assume it would register that the call had been answered and would reset the call flag.

  6. boba1mighty says:

    There wasn't any hardstyle here…. lol

  7. Paul Grey says:

    "we have seven minutes, and we're going to use all seven minutes"

  8. amaroudis says:

    I will trade bourbon for hacking lessons!

  9. Andy P says:

    Great to see Tim Hunkin on this. Secret life of machines was a great show.

  10. A lot of places are to stupid to run the alarm if a "firefighter" enters using bypasses… Ofcourse the firefighters should be able to enter… but the alarm should go off anyhow. In a real fire the firefighters can smash the alarm-speaker to bits if it gets annoying, the insurance will cover it….

  11. 22:22 Please let this be *sideways*.

  12. Windows. Fucking. XP.

    /sigh

  13. Jason Brooks says:

    Do not hack devices that could potentially hurt someone..

  14. So… just out of sheer irony… Howard Payne is the guy Dennis Hopper plays on SPEED… he destroys several elevators.

  15. Jay Kay says:

    Thanks for this talk! I managed to gain access to the Koch brothers building and got a bunch of data from their top floor executive office. Then they paid me off so. FOSSILE FULES ARE THE FUTURE SOLAR, NUCLEAR AND WIND ARE SHAMS! USE OIL!!!!

  16. Baggers says:

    This is the only tech talk I've ever seen where multiple presenters shared the floor and it wasnt an awkward, hokey, stilted mess. Well done to these guys, and for the excellent content

  17. Rob Adams says:

    Please don’t haxor my laptop! Amazing lecture, could watch these guys all day!

  18. JonTheBrush says:

    08:35 Its Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod from the Secret Life of Machines

  19. what is this, how did i get here?

  20. Grymus says:

    @8:32 To give credit where it's due: Those 2 Gents are Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod from the 80's Tv Series The Secret Life of Machines A Damn fine watch!

  21. Mike Wilson says:

    Defcon dude's interrupting talks is pretty old at this point. It's super cringe. Just stopppp.

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