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Interesting ways of entering a building covertly

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What are the most interesting and/or coolest ways that a character could gain entry to a government building without permission?

They could be physical ways (e.g. cutting open a window) or social ways (e.g. distracting the guards), or anything else you can think of.

These do not have to be realistic, this is not a realistic film. However, these do have to be filmable with a modest budget, so no helicopters or anything that requires a lot of money.


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Anna Pekuri November 13, 2009 05:39 1 Thumb-up
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pizza boy and the wall

He enters the building pretending to deliver pizza.
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He wears a suit and makeup that is identical to the walls and then slowly slides himself toward an entrance (pretending that he is the wall) :D

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Stig-Magnus Gjerald July 13, 2009 07:15 2 Thumb-ups
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I have always liked the thief approach,for instance grappling hook from adjacent building, then rapelling down to the window of an empty office.

How about he sets off the alarm on purpose, then enters the building while it goes off(ofc in another part of the building).

Or he sets off the alarm multiple times, in response they get service crew to take alook. He lies in wait for the maintenance people and uses for instance the neuralring i suggested earlier to knock em out. Uses a special device to put his own pic on id card,then simply walks into the building.

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Thomas Shaddack October 26, 2009 13:17 Flag

It was some of the Middle Eastern countries. They are a bit anal about those things.
Poppy seeds in bulk, however, can be used as off-the-shelf drug.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24090561-2,00.html

Americans also ran into the too high sensitivity problem. They got a supersensitive test for cocaine, and attempted to trace down banknotes that came in contact with cocaine, and track them back to dealers. Little did they know that virtually all money will test positive - rolled banknotes are used to snort the lines, and the contaminated notes, when stacked in the ATM machines, shed particles and contaminate other notes in the stack. Oops.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/17/2658643.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8204857.stm
The same was discovered in London.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/464200.stm

(null) October 26, 2009 12:08 Flag

There was an episode of mythbusters about false positives on drug tests, and it was quite terrifying: just two small poppy-seed buns were enough to give them a positive result on heroin tests. And as they pointed out, if a potential employer does such a test on you, they probably won't tell you the result and you'll never know why you didn't get a job.

There was also a case of someone who ate a poppy seed baguette at an airport, flew to a country with zero-tolerance for opiates and was subsequently jailed there.

...so drug tests aren't quite the magic bullet that certain people choose to believe they are.

Thomas Shaddack October 26, 2009 08:38 Flag

If the adversary has some detectors, you have two choices: try to not trip them, or flood them with false alarms.

An example comes from several cities where the police decided to use sniffer dogs in public transportation to search for drugs. People, rightfully irked, took water pistols with bong water and sprayed it in the vehicles, filling dogs' noses with so much signal they were not reasonably able to detect true targets.
http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=1564

Similar approach, the other way, could be used to put somebody in hot water. A bit of bong water on a luggage whose owner couple hours later lands in e.g. USA or other place with drug dogs common at the airport, and he gets some guaranteed fun on arrival.

(null) October 25, 2009 11:33 Flag

Thomas, good ideas. I especially like the one about constantly tripping alarms until they're switched off. It's totally amazing that security guards would do something so stupid but also totally believable, and there's a timeless simplicity about that technique that would probably work on any security system.

Thomas Shaddack October 25, 2009 06:53 Flag

Another variant on the alarm trick is tripping it all the time so the adversary just switches it off. I heard about infiltration of an embassy. The embassy had vibration sensors on windows. The adversary kept occasionally throwing little rocks on the windows, which triggered the alarm and attracted guards. Who after couple days of multiple alarms per night got tired of it. THEN the embassy was infiltrated through a window.

Yet another possibility is infiltrating the guards' comm lines. Take a transceiver tuned to the same frequency they use (assuming the most common situation that they don't use encrypted walkie-talkies), listen for a while to get used to their habits, then lure or instruct them to go out of your way. Basically hijack their communication to insert yourself into their OODA loop.

(null) July 13, 2009 07:28 Flag

"Or he sets off the alarm multiple times, in response they get service crew to take alook."

Now that you mention it, I read about an Irish criminal who did something like that. He broke into an art gallery, hid, and waited for the owners to switch off the alarm before he actually stole the paintings. He then got away with art worth millions! (Unfortunately the art was so famous that he couldn't find any buyers...)

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Thomas Shaddack October 26, 2009 09:19 1 Thumb-up
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Hijack an authority

Use a Higher Power. Infiltrate or impersonate some sort of an authority that can force its access to the premises. Not exactly covert, though.

A child porn raid targeting a specific employee's computer, or a blanket "audit" of all the machines in the facility for software licensing compliance, are just two of the many possibilities. The latter may also allow insertion of malware or listening devices in relative comfort. Other possibilities can involve an immigration raid, workplace safety inspection or other kind of compliance enforcement annoyance, or even just calling in a bomb threat and letting the bomb squad do our dirty work.

The bomb threat may also serve a role if we want to "depopulate" a surveillance camera supervision center for a while.

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(null) October 26, 2009 12:16 Flag

That could definitely work in another plot but not in this film, as the main character is operating outside their home country.

But I'm sure this kind of thing happens all the time in the real world.

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Thomas Shaddack October 26, 2009 09:03 1 Thumb-up
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Use or create a catastrophical event

Schneier in "Beyond Fear" describes a bank robbery. A volcano erupted, covering a nearby city with ash. City got evacuated, then completely buried under ash. Shortly afterwards the enterpreneurs came, dug a hole through the ash into the bank, and removed the money.

For gaining access to data or materials in a facility, a catastrophical event can be exploited (e.g. a flood) or staged (a fire). Data recovery from flooded or fire-damaged disk drives is commercially available. Access to a freshly burned-down or flooded facility may be made easier by the damage done to the security system, and the overall chaos of the situation.

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(null) October 26, 2009 12:13 Flag

...it's an interesting idea but perhaps a little extreme! :)

Though of course if such a disaster was going to happen anyway, it could easily be exploited as you suggest.

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Thomas Shaddack October 25, 2009 06:47 2 Thumb-ups
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Get hired or contracted

Janitors, security guards, computer technicians, copy machine repairmen, plumbers, electricians... and many many more have potential access even to sensitive areas.

Few people will afterwards remember seeing anything else than a man in overalls with a stepladder or manipulating some infrastructure. Look like something normal, expected, easy to ignore.

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(null) October 25, 2009 12:21 Flag

I love this idea too because it's also simple and timeless, it could work in any country in any century.

Thomas Shaddack October 25, 2009 11:58 Flag

Some guy, years ago, was stealing cameras in local subway. He came in, wearing blue workman overalls and carrying a stepladder. Climbed the stepladder, unmounted the camera, took the stepladder and the camera, and walked away. Lots of witnesses. All they remembered was just some worker; no closer description of appearance.

Look like you belong there, wear an uniform that makes you fit some role/category people expect, and few will remember anything about you. "Uniform steals face."

(null) October 25, 2009 11:36 Flag

When I lived in London I remember reading about shoplifters wearing workmen's overalls (high-vis jackets etc) so they could hang around shops without looking suspicious. The shop workers just assumed they were meant to be hanging around.

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Patrick Sinz August 09, 2009 22:21 3 Thumb-ups
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Use lobbying

The Spy commissions the "ImproVision" Company to organize a "power breakfast" to discuss the optimal application of "country originated social standards" in "factory boats" operating near EU countries.
This attracts syndicalist, journalist, corporate suits, lawyers, politicians, etc....

Of course the Spy is "donating" the catering services, technical setup etc...
This enables him/her to have a dozen of people with :
- badges to come in
- excuses to be clueless if they happen to be in places where they are not supposed to be.

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(null) September 06, 2009 05:20 Flag

That is a good idea indeed.

In fact even Bond himself did that in You Only Live Twice, he got into the businessman villain's building by pretending to be a food distributor who wanted to negotiate a business deal. They even showed the meeting itself, very strange scene.

Peter Vesterbacka August 10, 2009 06:29 Flag

Great idea! Especially since that could really work. And it could even be turned into a way to promote the movie or be used as a part of the production if done for real.

Delphine August 03, 2009 20:53 3 Thumb-ups
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Being a traceur!

i.e. someone who practices parkour, the art of climbing, jumping...

Like the yamakazi :

This one is extreme, but I've seen teenagers in my city who able to climb on walls easily and to jump on roofs... I was quite impressed!

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Jason M. August 08, 2009 09:20 Flag

Not a bad idea, you could always find a local group who practices parkour, I'm sure some of them wouldn't mind demonstrating their skills for free.

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Yan Pagh July 20, 2009 13:00 1 Thumb-up
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Testing every entrance.

As crazy as it seems, there is usually always a door or window that is always open on buildings.

Or simply entering the building through the front door and then inside the building testing doors and curridors to see where they lead.

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mehmet ramadan July 14, 2009 17:40 1 Thumb-up
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hot babe

A hot babe distracts the guards while our spy sneeks past. She asks for help with her underwear shopping. Takng out some to show them the problem.

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Stig-Magnus Gjerald July 13, 2009 10:36 3 Thumb-ups
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Brings a newbie agent and asks for ideas to distract the guards. intern looks at building rubbing his chin" we could...-insert ridiculous idea here-.. in the meantime the older agent pours zippo gas on the back of newbie jacket.
"sounds like a plan kid..by the way, you are wearing the special suit i gave you?"
"yeah boss!" "great kid! now dont take this the wrong way..(pats kid on shoulder)you are the distraction" "uh...what?" sets him on fire,calmly and unaffected watches the burning newbie sprint past the building screaming hes on fire, with guards running after to help.
" Good work hotshot, you are on fire today"walks into building(if you use neveenĀ“s idea for obsession with smelling stuff he could take a whiff of the the zippo gas first:-)

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