Grand Idea Studio’s Hardware Hacking Training, taught exclusively by Joe Grand, focuses on hardware hacking and reverse engineering techniques commonly used against electronic products and embedded systems. This two-day course is a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, culminating with a hardware hacking challenge in which students attempt to defeat the security of a custom circuit board. Additional one-day courses are available that provide more detail into specific attack vectors.
Security is often overlooked during the design process of electronic devices. “We’ll fix it later,” says the engineer. “It’s not worth the cost until something happens,” says the manager. Poor embedded security practices and a lack of clearly defined security goals increase the risk of a product getting hacked, whether for malicious purposes or bragging rights.
Data exfiltration from a device is usually achieved over the network, via hardware implant, or by manipulating the characteristics of an internal electronic component. Optical covert channels transmit data using visible light in a method undetectable to the human eye.