Advanced Hardware Hacking: Designs and Attacks of Secure Hardware

Presented at DEF CON 12 (2004), July 30, 2004, 11 a.m. (50 minutes)

This presentation looks at advanced hardware hacking and reverse engineering techniques. We'll look at the steps taken by designers to incorporate security into their hardware products and then examine ways to attack them. Learning from history is important, so successful hardware hacks against security products will be discussed and copious references to other existing material will be provided.


  • Joe Grand / Kingpin - Electrical Engineer, Grand Idea Studio   as Joe Grand, aka Kingpin
    Joe Grand (also known as Kingpin) is an electrical engineer at Grand Idea Studio, Inc., a product development and intellectual property licensing firm. He is a former member of the legendary hacker collective L0pht Heavy Industries (yes, which turned into @stake, but don't ask him about that) and specializes in embedded system design, computer security research, and inventing new concepts and technologies. Oh, Joe is also the author of the Syngress book "Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty" published in January 2004 and contributor to a bunch of other books.