Rift Recon

You Got Mail…. in Antarctica?!


Last week we put out our first call for free stickers and the response was great! Today we sent out our first batch of mail with a variety of stickers that we know you’ll love. So anyone who sent us a correctly formatted address that can receive standard postal mail should receive them within a week just in time for Defcon.

To break it down the deal is simple if you want awesome free swag from Rift Recon in the form of stickers send us a email with your properly formatted address to: [email protected]

Lastly, to make sure noone is left out this offer is available to anyone in the world including people at the Vernadsky Research Base. As long as your address can be reached by standard post we’ll do our best to get it out to you. 😉


Eric Michaud

Pick Set ZIEH-FIX Pick Needle Set “Novum” Review


For a mere 96 pounds you could be the proud owner of what looks like a compact pickset – the German made Pick Set ZIEH-FIX Pick Needle Set “Novum" But upon further examination it turns out this pickset is not what it appears to be at all. This is a manual Electronic Pick Gun (EPG).

That is to say, it has 13 different interchangeable tips (3 of each) and one common handle, and ALL of these tips are designed for raking, strong up and down motions. NONE of these tips are designed for the slower techniques used with most manual lockpicks. Also, these 39 tips will likely fit into your EPG that you may currently own.

So what makes this different than your EPG, no batteries… It’s man powered, if you will. Other than the 39 pick tips (13 different types) you will receive 1 tension wrench, 1 allen wrench and 1 brass handle.

To use this tool, you loosen the knurled nut on the brass handle and insert one of the pick tips, then you must tighten the knurled nut as tight as you can and insert the tip into any lock you wish to open. And rapidly shake this tool, up and down until the lock succumbs to your tireless efforts. You should use quite a bit for force when shaking the tool, the tips may seem weak but they are made of Hardened stainless steel, so they can take a beating… Plus you have 3 of each so it’s ok to break one.

If you were to ask my personal opinion of this tool I would have to rate it a solid 3.5 out of 5. I don’t rake much so I would love to have a few normal hooks with the set, but when raking this tool does work great. It is quieter than an EPG or manual pick gun, also smaller and overall more covert but of course requires more effort from the user.

The picks are strong for what they are and you have the largest variety of rakes in any one set that I have ever seen. But my biggest complaint is that there is only ONE tension wrench. I always say the tensor is as important (if not more) than the pick, not every lock fits 1 tensor… So add yourself a couple more tensors and you have yourself a nice, quick, covert rake set.

These tools can be found at Amazon and a few other locksmith tool retailers.

James Butler



As we draw closer to the official launch of Rift Recon on July 27th, staff here at Rift have been discussing which written resources we utilize in our daily work to get the job done. From that conversation, we drew up an initial list – and then realized that our readers, friends and clients might like to see it. We hope that by sharing our list, you’ll find the books and other resources we recommend as useful as we have.

Here we present, for your edification and inspiration – Rift’s page of recommended Books, Journals, and Other Resources. This page is a continuously growing list curated by Rift Recon staff, and we’ll be sure to post here when we add new items.

We at Rift Recon strongly believe that inspiration doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and sharing knowledge only increases our wider community’s overall wealth of knowledge – and this, in turn, ultimately benefits all of us. We hope you enjoy this list. If you have questions, or want to make suggestions for us to review and add, don’t hesitate to email us: [email protected]

Eric Michaud

CEO & Founder

Rift Recon: One Sheet

This weekend, we at Rift Recon finished our one sheet. In fact, we like it so much that we’re going to make it our “About” page.

Rift Recon

Physical Security Specialists

Analysis | Verification | Instruction and Outfitting | Expert Referrals | Assessment

riftrecon.com | @riftrecon | @ericmichaud

Rift Recon tailors its clients from a suite of exclusive physical security service providers, in order to meet their specialized needs in hardware, utilities for physical security assessment, tool creation and team outfitting, as well as specialized trainings, and expert referrals.

Our team meets and verifies all equipment needs from solid standards to exotic tooling, and deftly handles client needs for physical security specialist placement. 

Rift operates across a variety of security disciplines including product security, physical security, hardware research, and development (including electronic devices and kits). We also cater to professionals who are striving to meet their own clients’ various physical security needs.

Our client range spans independent trainers to high net worth individuals.  We consult red teams, independent physical security contractors, product security teams, and companies that require thorough hardware assessment reports.

  • R&D hardware analysis
  • Specialized tool creation, kits and entry tools
  • Mobile electronic devices for unique needs
  • Hardware sourcing, field equipment outfitting
  • Advising and consultation
  • Product vulnerability assessment
  • Placement for specialists, expert referrals
  • Classes, trainings and tailored instruction

Rift Recon excels at identifying and recruiting top-level talent, and holds a strong track record for meeting our clients’ unique physical security needs.

Discreet and methodical, Rift stands as the premiere company in the world positioned to expertly source, secure, or innovate and manufacture hardware to meet the exacting – often critical – hardware security needs of its clients.

Contact Rift Recon day or night for gear, consultations, to explore opportunities, or even just to find out more.