What if you got a game console for Christmas but don’t like playing games? You hack it to make it run your own code of course! This talk presented by bushing at the recent Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin, Germany, talks about the various hacks that you can use to gain control of your hardware […]
Smart cards have gradually replaced magnetic strip cards for point-of-sale and ATM transactions in many countries. Customers authorize a credit or debit card transaction by inserting their card and entering a PIN into a point-of-sale terminal; the PIN is typically verified by the smart card chip, which is in turn authenticated to the terminal by […]
The MOS 6502 CPU, which was designed in 1975 and powered systems like the Apple II, the Atari 2600, the Nintendo NES and the Commodore 64 for two decades, has always been subject to intense reverse engineering of its inner workings. This talk by Michael Steil presents the way from a chip package to a […]
Developers use embedded devices all the time, often without implementing security measures. When they do, they often rely on SSL. As revealed by the LittleBlackBox project there exists a collection of thousands of private SSL keys extracted from various embedded devices. These private keys are stored in a database where they are correlated with their […]
Hack a Day successfully reprogrammed the ATMEGA controller in a commercial LED light bulb. See the reverse engineering in part 1.
Ladyada explores the Kinect protocol using a USB analyzer. While we know the Kinect has already been cracked, this is a good example of how USB analyzers can be a helpful (though costly) addition to a workbench.
Bunnie Huang (Bunnie’s Blog) reverse engineered the Xbox 360 and had been called as an expert witness in a case (USA v Crippen) charging violations of the criminal provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The case was dismissed after the first witness testified, so in order to publicly summarize the technical facts on […]
Deep Darc has successfully reverse engineered the operation of a 50-light set of GE multicolor Christmas lights. His work involved snooping the protocol used on the LEDs data bus line and exploration of the remote control unit, resulting in source code allowing control of the display of colors and patterns by an Attiny13A. Via Wonderhowto.
Here’s another cool tech video by Jeri Ellsworth, this time illustrating how speed radar works using parts from a toy radar gun. Also refers to similarly using a satellite TV LNB module.
rossum guides us through reverse engineering several LCD displays. Via Hack a Day.
Adafruit is offering a $2000 bounty on an open source driver for the new Kinect controller for the XBOX360. Evidently is caused a bit of a stir.
Check out this epic battle between man and I2C EEPROM. Devin wanted to fix a bug in the Linux driver for his HVR-1600 TV tuner card. He suspected that the Linux driver didn’t configure the board correctly, so he sniffed the I2C-based configuration traffic under Windows with a Saleae Logic. There’s a great overview of […]