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. “We’ll fix it later,” says the engineer. “It’s not worth the cost until something happens,” says the manager. This behavior is indicative of the lack of a security mindset within an organization. Poor embedded security practices make products more likely to get 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.
Spend some time hacking hardware and you’ll eventually render a piece of equipment unusable. This presentation provides examples of common mistakes that can temporarily or permanently damage electronic systems and ways to recover, if possible.