DEFCON 21 video: Decapping Chips the Easy Hard Way

In this presentation from DEFCON 21, Adam “Major Malfunction” Laurie and Zac Franken of Aperture Labs go hardcore with chip analysis. For some time it has been possible to discover the inner workings of microprocessors with the help of a microscope and some nasty chemicals such as fuming nitric acid. However, unless you have access […]

Defcon 21: secret life of SIM cards

PHd student Karl Koscher and software engineer Eric Butler have teamed up to research phone SIM cards and how they are used to run small apps. At the DEFCON 21 conference they presented their methodology and results. “This talk, based on our experience building SIM apps for the Toorcamp GSM network, explains what (U)SIM Toolkit […]

DEFCON 21: Arduino based vehicle tuning device

In this presentation from DEFCON21, Albert Garcia Illera and Javier Vazquez Vidal discuss the development and operation of an Arduino based device for controlling automotive functions in 2010 and newer model vehicles that use the K-Line protocol (although we’re told it could easily be modified with newer protocols.) Additionally they also cover basic forensic analysis […]

CreepyDOL WiFi surveillance project debuts at Blackhat/DEFCON

CreepyDOL, the Creepy Digital Object Locator, is a distributed tracking system that uses low-cost hardware sensors, a robust communications system, and simple observation to give near-real-time identification of humans and tracking capabilities to anyone. It’s goal is to develop hardware and software for passive surveillance of WiFi data and draw inferences regarding human behavior therefrom. […]

DEFCON XXI online contest

With DEF CON XXI scheduled for August 1-4, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV, the conference crew has posted an online Human Badge Challenge. The challenge consists of a word search puzzle contaning contest names, along with a hidden puzzle element. Download their Contest PDF for contest and entry rules, puzzle hints and links to submit […]