The proliferation of electronic modules, development tools, and do-it-yourself communities has led to a world where the creation of hardware projects is accessible to people of all skill levels. With dedication and a willingness to learn, explore, experiment, fail, and succeed, one can build just about anything that comes to mind.
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. It is a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, culminating with students attempting to defeat the security of a custom circuit board. No prior electronics experience is required.
Hardware hacking and attacks against embedded systems are no longer limited to hobbyists who simply want to have fun making products do things they were never intended to do. Nation states, criminal organizations, and others looking to maliciously subvert, monitor, manipulate, or intentionally damage are now involved.
Computers and embedded systems are pervasive in our society and many contain design flaws that can lead to exploitable vulnerabilities. This presentation examines the common hardware tools used during the hacking and reverse engineering of electronic products, including those that can monitor or decode communications, inject or spoof data, extract firmware, and identify or connect to on-chip debug interfaces.