Hardware hacker Christopher Tarnovsky just wanted to break Microsoft’s grip on peripherals for its Xbox 360 game console. In the process, he cracked one of the most heavily fortified chips ever put into a consumer device.
The attack by the former US Army computer-security specialist is notable because it goes where no hacker has gone before: into the widely used Infineon SLE 66PE, a microcontroller that carries the TPM, or Trusted Platform Module designation of security. The hack means he can access sensitive data and algorithms locked away in the chip’s digital vault and even make counterfeit clones that could fool the many devices that rely on it.
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Ex-Army man cracks popular security chip
How to open Infineon’s Trusted Platform Module
By Dan Goodin –– 17th February 2010 21:08 GMT
[Editor says: Constant Vigilance Alert – This is only interesting in that someone clever kept at it, breaking over 50 security chips until he found the means to break in…circumventing hardware and software destructive mechanisms.
Lesson: every network has the potential for a moment of excitement. Maybe not now, but at sometime you will need to have a professional view of your projection/server network.]