This weblog is not only about lockpicking, it is also about my life.
I have an interesting hobby. And my work, developing cryptographically
secure non-tapable phones, is a little out of the ordinary too. Both
bring interesting people on my path, and I am very aware of it.
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by some people from a small but
turbulent country on the mediterranean coast. They had some nice locks
and lock technology to show and happened to be in the Amsterdam area
for a couple of days. Curious as I am I decided to meet them. Nice and
friendly people, and the lock and lock technology they showed was
indeed very interesting and entertaining.
All was nice and well until this morning … the phone rings:
I politely answer the phone. It is the person I met a couple of weeks
ago. In a friendly voice he tells me he is back home and a package is
on it’s way with some more locks. His second question caught me off
guard: They where looking for someone who could ‘open doors throughout
Europe’ for them. It was obvious they did not meant a 24-hour opening
service kind of job. The payment for these jobs would be good and make
me happy. I told him I am already happy and in no way interested in
being recruited for some foreign organisation to do their dirty work.
When I tried to end the call he persistently asked if I did not knew
other talented people that could help them, or give him other leads
that might be of interest. I had to disappoint him (and his
organisation, whoever they are). And I am still puzzled as to why he
made me this offer over the phone….
Many people do not realize the consequences of doing business with
these type of organisations. First they will be friendly and give you
all you can dream of. But at the end of the day you become an
instrument, a pawn in a game where you do not know the rules and can
be sacrificed for a higher goal without the blink of an eye. Not to
mention the famous line: “If things go wrong we don’t know you”.
I did send an e-mail to the Dutch Toool list about this incident, as a
warning. These people are obviously looking for ‘talent’ and pawns for
their game. I would hate to see hobby lockpickers getting in trouble
because of this. I hope you consider this posting as free advice ….
P.S.: I know having a weblog called ‘blackbag’ (slang for illegal
break-in) might be asking for things like this to happen. I hope this
posting makes clear that I am not interested….