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An Overview of Hardware-Based Covert Channels

Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2020

Covert channels are methods of surreptitious data transfer used to communicate with or exfiltrate information from a compromised computer system. They can exist within any layer of the system, including hardware, application software, operating system, or network stack. Typically, covert channels are employed on critical, protected, and/or air-gapped assets that an attacker may not be able to access by conventional means. [ continue ]

Killer Pizza Robot

Wednesday, Jun 3rd, 2020

Designed in collaboration with Joe Grand’s 8-year-old son, the Killer Pizza Robot embodies all that is terrifying about killer pizza robots. It can eat and regurgitate paper strips while threatening invaders with multiple arms, piercing red eyes, and a stylish top hat. [ continue ]

When Hacking and Engineering Collide

Thursday, Oct 10th, 2019

Growing up behind the keyboard of an Atari 400, spending countless hours on bulletin board systems, and building electronic projects from magazine how-to columns, Joe was lucky to discover his passion early on. When other kids talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up, it was a firefighter, police officer, or astronaut. Joe wanted to be an engineer. [ continue ]

Through the Eyes of a Hardware Hacker

Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 2019

Within the electronics lifecycle, there lie weaknesses that can be exploited by those looking to subvert, monitor, manipulate, or intentionally damage your product or service. While embedded security is finally a topic discussed by engineers, it is difficult to properly implement given our need to meet stringent development timeframes, budgetary constraints, and manufacturing requirements. [ continue ]

DEFCON 27 Badge

Saturday, Aug 10th, 2019

The DEFCON 27 Badge was created for DEFCON, the largest and oldest continuously running hacker and computer security convention in the world. It features active electronics combined with an artistically designed printed circuit board and handcrafted Brazilian quartz gemstone. [ continue ]

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