Category Archives: encryption

BLE fun with Ubertooth: sniffing Bluetooth Smart and cracking its crypto

Mike Ryan writes about his latest efforts in BLE hacking. Hot on the heels of Omri Iluz’s BLE-sniffer-on-the-cheap, I decided to write up the BLE sniffer I built on Ubertooth. My sniffer highly robust, can capture data from connections, and … Read more

NSA wants to build quantum computer to penetrate “hard targets”

The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA is building a computer to defeat all forms of encryption commonly used to ensure privacy of personal communications and data. The project seeks to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” which would … Read more

Secure Drop open source project

“SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation that media organizations use to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. It was originally coded by the late Aaron Swartz.” SecureDrop is dependent on the Tor … Read more

Advice: what to expect when authorities confiscate your electronics

It’s unfortunate that we have to consider these matters, but with governments worldwide obsessed with violating the privacy of ordinary citizens we found a well documented post which puts some flesh on what some naively view as skeletal paranoia. In … Read more

A peek into the curious world of HDMI copy protection… with the Bus Pirate

Adam Laurie (a/k/a/ Major Malfunction) is a white hat hacker from London, UK, who has presented at a number of conferences worldwide. He’s also the Director at Aperature Labs, Ltd. Recently he explored the broken HDCP security mechanism used in … Read more

Parallax Propeller encryption objects

Parallax has recently added two new encryption objects to their Propeller Object Exchange. Mark Tillotson has released his AES object. He describes it as an “efficient implementation of the Advanced Encryption Standard in PASM. Supports 128, 192 and 256 bit … Read more

Atmel announces new CryptoAuthentication chip

Atmel today announced the release of the ATSHA204 the first turnkey, optimized authentication device to include a 4.5Kbit EEPROM and a hardware SHA-256 accelerator. Fully tested ASF software libraries are available for Atmel AVR® and ARM®-based microcontrollers and are integrated … Read more

27C3: Embedded Reverse Engineering Tools and Techniques

Nathan Fain and Vadik presented at the 27C3 Chaos Communications Congress held recently in Berlin, Germany, on a topic of interest to us all: JTAG/Serial/FLASH/PCB Embedded Reverse Engineering Tools and Techniques. Check out their webpage for full documentation and analysis.