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Sneaky Circuits

Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

Not all electronic devices follow the rules. Sneaky circuits are those that operate in ways unintended by the original designer or unexpected by the end user. [ continue ]

Tooth Tunes Hack

Monday, Mar 27th, 2017

The Tooth Tunes children’s toothbrush from Arm & Hammer uses bone conduction technology to play a fixed two-minute song clip from select popular artists. The user hears the music “inside” their head through the vibration of the toothbrush’s bristles. [ continue ]

Hardware Hacking Training

Wednesday, Dec 14th, 2016

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. [ continue ]

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Wednesday, Dec 14th, 2016

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. [ continue ]

Optical Covert Channels

Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

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. [ continue ]

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