Category Archives: reversed

Video: Using superpowers for hardware reverse engineering

Prior to delivering a presentation at today’s DEFCON, hardware hacking guru Joe Grand gave this talk at BSidesLV held August 5-6, 2014 in Las Vegas. Joe describes, “[s]uperpowers, normally used by superheroes in the battle of good versus evil, are … Read more

Dissertation: security analysis of contactless payment cards

Here’s an interesting academic document we found related to hardware hacking. In this published doctoral dissertation, Timo Kasper from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, presents in detail his efforts in analyzing the security of Mifare smart cards. “The tools are first … Read more

CCC Video: Extracting keys from FPGAs, OTP tokens and door locks

This presentation on extracting keys from FPGAs, OTP Tokens and door locks is from the recent Chaos Communications Conference (CCC) in Hamburg, Germany. In it David briefly introduces implementation attacks and side-channel analysis (SCA) in particular, along with related methods … Read more

Decoding radio-controlled bus stop displays

Oona Räisänen (a/k/a Windytan) is a self-taught signals and electronics hacker from Helsinki, Finland, who is fascinated by mysteries, codes and ciphers, and vintage tech. She’s previously written regarding the use of digital transmissions carried on FM broadcast subcarriers as … Read more

EFERGY E2 Classic FSK decoding using RTL-SDR and R-Pi

Nathaniel Elijah has posted the a complete working prototype of an EFERGY E2 CLASSIC Transmission decoder using a Raspberry Pi and RTL-SDR USB Dongle. The EFERGY E2 Classic is an electrical usage monitor which displays information received from associated wireless … Read more

Video: Multiplexed Wired Attack Surfaces

In this presentation from the recent Toorcon 15 in San Diego, CA, Michael Ossmann and Kyle Osborn detail their efforts in hacking cellphones via multiplexed USB signals. Manufacturers of mobile devices often multiplex several wired interfaces onto a single connector. … Read more

Video: Reversing Tire Pressure Monitors with SDR

In this presentation from the recent Toorcon 15 in San Diego, CA, Jared Boone, co-developer of the HackRF SDR detailed his efforts in reversing tire pressure monitors found on most vehicles. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) are present on all … Read more

rompar: a tool to analyze masked ROMs

You may have seen those highly magnified photos of decapped chips displaying the hardware architecture and wondered what information is represented by the solder-like designs. Adam “Major Malfunction” Laurie of Aperature Labs has developed a software tool to assist in … Read more