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April 2018, Vol. 20, No. 2

Marcus Ranum decodes hardware vulnerabilities with Joe Grand

Security researcher Joe Grand focused on hardware vulnerabilities long before Spectre and Meltdown made headlines. An electronics guru who co-hosted the popular Prototype This! TV series on the Discovery Channel, Grand has educated people about hardware hacking since his teens. Known as Kingpin, Grand was part of the hacker collective L0pht -- named after the group's loft in Boston's South End. The underground security researchers tested the limits of technology and cyberspace, and promoted responsible disclosure. The group, including Grand, warned a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in 1998 that hardware and software linked by networks and the internet posed a serious security threat that was hard to solve and would only get worse. The members of L0pht joined with venture capitalists to form @stake, a security firm that was acquired by Symantec in 2004. Along the way, Grand earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Boston University. Since 2005, Grand has taught a two-day course at Black Hat: Hands-on ...

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