Grand Idea Studio’s Hardware Hacking Training, taught exclusively by Joe Grand, focuses on hardware hacking and reverse engineering techniques commonly used against hardware products. It is a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, culminating with students attempting to defeat the security of a custom-designed circuit board.
Hardware hacking is on the rise and most of the electronics industry is in denial. High-profile attacks against ATMs, voting machines, parking meters, medical devices, and printers were so simple, they should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. Challenges, constraints, and trade-offs are part of any product design, but it’s time security was taken a little more seriously.
Hackers think differently. They create new, innovative, and novel solutions to technical problems that are often deemed too difficult to solve. From Thomas Edison to Steve Wozniak to Richard Stallman, hackers have helped shape the world we live in. Corporations, on the other hand, are generally more rigid in their approaches to problem solving and are constrained by internal policies.
For nearly a decade, Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio was a member of the infamous hacker collective known as L0pht Heavy Industries in Boston, Massachusetts. Starting in the early 1990s as a clubhouse for local hackers to store computer equipment, tinker with projects, and just hang out, the L0pht (spelled ell-zero-ph-t) ended up as seven close-knit friends changing the face of computer security vulnerability research and disclosure.