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PCB-RE: Tools & Techniques

Thursday, Dec 28th, 2017

Printed circuit board (PCB) reverse engineering (RE) is an art in its own right, despite the apparent simplicity of determining electrical connectivity between related components on a circuit board. [ continue ]

Hardware Hacking Training

Wednesday, Dec 6th, 2017

Joe Grand’s Hands-on Hardware Hacking training courses teach techniques to explore, manipulate, and exploit electronic systems. [ continue ]


Friday, Nov 24th, 2017

On-chip debug (OCD) interfaces can provide chip-level control of a target device and are a primary vector used by engineers, researchers, and hackers to extract program code or data, modify memory contents, or affect device operation on-the-fly. Depending on the complexity of the target device, manually locating available OCD connections can be a difficult and time consuming task, sometimes requiring physical destruction or modification of the device. [ continue ]

Optical Covert Channels

Monday, Nov 6th, 2017

Data exfiltration from a compromised 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 by modulating visible light in a way that is undetectable to the human eye. [ continue ]

PCB Deconstruction Techniques

Tuesday, Apr 4th, 2017

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), used within nearly every electronic product in the world, are physical carriers for electronic components and provide conductive pathways between them. [ continue ]



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