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Duo Hosts Hardware Hacker Kingpin at Duo Tech Talk

Update: Can't make it to the live event? Livestream it here!

This Thursday, Duo will be hosting Joe Grand, also known as Kingpin, at our Ann Arbor office as part of Duo Tech Talks (DTT). DTT is a monthly live presentation on a variety of technology and security topics by experts in the community.

Joe, member of the Boston-born hacking collective L0pht Heavy Industries, will be presenting Tools of the Hardware Hacking Trade on October 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM ET.

He’ll discuss how to discover design flaws in electronic devices that could lead to exploitable vulnerabilities using certain tools to hack hardware and reverse engineer processes. Some of those tools include monitoring and decoding communications, extracting firmware, injecting and spoofing data and identifying and connecting to debut interfaces.

Another member of L0pht spoke at a previous DTT last year - Peiter Zatko, better known as Mudge, presented at the University of Michigan’s Engineering School to a mixed crowd of students and members of the tech industry.

Back in 1998, Mudge testified in front of Congress with rest of the L0pht collective, stating that they could shut down the entire Internet in 30 minutes. As the Washington Post stated in a recent article this year, the group’s warning about the Internet drew notice, but little action - the publication called it “a tragedy of missed opportunity, and 17 years later the world is still paying the price in rampant insecurity.”

Mudge went on to work for DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, overseeing security research (he now works at Google). He presented the analytical framework he created for the agency to help them evaluate the success of security solutions. Check out a recording and overview of his talk in Duo Tech Talk: A Behind the Scenes Look at Creating DARPA's Cyber Analytic Framework.

About Joe Grand
Joe Grand (@joegrand), also known as Kingpin, is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, product designer, teacher, advisor, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of L0pht Heavy Industries, and the proprietor of Grand Idea Studio (

Some of the other previous talks include:

Encryption Works: A Look at Tor and SecureDrop
Runa A. Sandvik discussed the anonymous network and software Tor, attacks on Tor, practical tips on using the network, and SecureDrop, an open-source whistleblower submission system developed to protect communications between journalists and their sources.

Probing Mobile Operator Networks
Collin Mulliner discussed the type of devices that use cellular networks, including how to probe these networks for those devices, as well as the security implications of his findings.

Adventures in Automotive Networks and Control Units
Chris Valasek presented his research on automotive computers, or Electronic Control Units (ECU) that are used for in-car entertainment, safety controls and other functionality for modern vehicles. He discussed how he and Dr. Charlie Miller were able to obtain physical control over two late model vehicles using the CAN (Controller Area Network) bus.

Feel free to contact us if you have any recommendations for future topics, speaker suggestions or feedback, and check out the Meetup group for a full list of future and past events.