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Beans on NPR

July 28, 2012

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Following our talk at Blackhat 2012 entitled “Practical ARM Exploitation”, we were honored to be asked to participate in a BlackHat press conference. After getting briefed by the Media Coordinator and Vincenzo Iozzo  we summarized our talk and training in the simplest of terms to a room of reporters and journalists. After the press conference […]

SecuInside 2012 (Seoul Korea)

July 9, 2012

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Uhm….so apparently CTFs have REALLY blown up! As a founding member of Kenshoto, I remember how we pushed the envelope for CTFs (building automatic scoring systems, *actual* challenges, etc.) I was also the VJ for our first two years running, lugging my 500 DVDs with me to play my favorite little esoteric cyberpunk clips from […]

Bustication Everywhere: A CanSecWest 2012 Retrospective

March 11, 2012

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Another conference has come and gone. Sometimes it seems that the annual conference schedule is the metronome to which the Infosec world paces itself. The coming and going of conferences is the only consistency in this idiosyncratic industry full of neurosis and theatrics. This year’s CanSecWest held true to form and was the stage for […]

A Lackluster ‘Hack Cluster’: ARM Exploitation Lab Preview

March 1, 2012

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As we have announced in other blogposts we’ve been researching mobile platforms quite a bit (specifically those that use the ARM microprocessor). We compiled all of our notes on ARM reverse engineering and ARM exploitation and built a course called “Practical ARM Exploitation” that we will be publicly debuting this coming week at CanSecWest.  The […]

Practical ARM Exploitation: A New Training

January 12, 2012

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So….we heard Dino & Alex and Aaron & Zef were doing some blingin new trainings. So we felt we had to keep up with the rest of the New York Krew and do one….Ok, not really. We (the two Stephens) have spent a bunch of head-down time recently doing embedded research (as we mentioned in the […]

Recon 2011 (a late retrospective)

November 28, 2011

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In July 2011, Beans gave a talk at ReCon in Montreal, CA entitled “Hardware Hacking for Software People“. This year ReCon broke away from its more humble conference venue roots, took corporate sponsorship, and upgraded the venue to a MUCH nicer hotel. (After last year’s debacles, I think Hugo and Dave decided it was just […]

Hardware Hacking for Software People

August 25, 2011

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For most of my career as a software developer/security researcher I’ve romanticized ‘hardware hacking’. In my late teens and early twenties as I was learning about software development and software security I would occasionally buy Nuts and Volts from Microcenter and read Karl Lunt‘s Amateur Robotics column. Having devoured William Gibson‘s oeuvre in my late […]