Thursday 26 January 18:00 - 21:00

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hack::soho // Now that's what I call Silicon Hacking // by Tony Moor

Business & Professional

Now That’s What I Call Silicon Hacking The Evolution of Hardware Reverse Engineering – The 90’s to now and beyond......


Following Covid Pause, our new event - talk will be focused on how silicon hackers were able to compromise a device 20-30 years ago compared with now, and what the future may also hold. The bar is continually being raised, as manufacturers and integrators seek to protect their platforms better and for longer.

The changes in hacker’s techniques as well as their tools will be discussed, as security has improved along with the natural shrinking of semiconductor devices continues (Moore’s Law).

From a basic setup costing thousands of pounds in the 90’s a potential attacker may now need significant financial backing, certainly in the range of hundreds of thousands of pounds. That and the need to learn complex scientific techniques such as SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) and FIB (Focused Ion Beam).

However, nothing can truly be hidden in Silicon.

The Speaker - Tony Moor

Tony has been working on silicon for almost two decades, starting out in Secure Smart-Card Failure Analysis at Atmel (now Microchip). He then spent the next 15+ years reverse engineering secure devices produced by manufacturers such as Infineon, ST Microelectronics and NXP. He now manages a Failure Analysis department for a UK-based flexible semiconductor manufacturer.

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