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NewAE News: Valentines Sale, Embedded World, European Training, ChipSHOUTER Updates

We might as well call this the Non-Linear Newsletter based on our update history. Once again we’ve got too many updates for one newsletter, but we kept wanting to sneak one more thing in. So far we’re announcing our annual valentine’s day sale ([Chip]Whisper[er] sweet nothings to your love), we’ll be at Embedded World in a few weeks, a European Training at the end of March, another US training in April, Black Hat USA trainings, and more information on the ChipSHOUTER. And bonus: a new ChipWhisperer-Lite variant, updates to our Wiki including community accounts, and updated packaging. Grab a coffee and let’s get to it.

[Chip]Whisper[er] Sweet Nothings and save 10%

With valentines day coming up, we thought you might enjoy the chance to whisperer sweet nothings to your true love. Until Feb 14th you can save 10% with promotional code CHIPLOVER on our webstore at .

Visit us at Embedded World

Embedded World is Feb 27 to March 1st in Nürnberg, Germany. And we’ll be there at a booth in Hall 4A (booth 4A-513) in the “Safety & Security” zone. We’ll have on show our ChipSHOUTER (along with a brand new XY table), an automotive demo, the regular ChipWhisperer gear, and decks of cards plus maple candies for you to enjoy.

If you’d like to attend, register at using E-Code B387489 for free admission! If you register ahead of time you should be able to skip the registration queue at the event.

European Training – March 21st, 22nd

Have you wanted in-person training in Europe on embedded security attacks? We’re now offering a training in Europe alongside some other great hardware hackers. You can see all the details at . It’s our 2-day course using the ChipWhisperer, and it includes a take-home ChipWhisperer-Lite that you can perform real attacks with.

The event itself has daily lunchtime speakers giving about 1-hour talks. This way you get the chance to hear about all sorts of interesting topics. These talks are only open to students in one of the trainings, so it’s a small event where you get to hang out and have fun with hardware hackers from all over.

If you’re interested please register soon to avoid being dissapointed! We only have limited room, and if you’d like other payment methods please contact us via .

4-Day ChipWhisperer Training in Maryland – April 23-26th

If you’ve been on our 2 day training, you know we manage to cover a lot of ground, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time to dive deep. We’re going to be offering a 4-day training course (split up as two 2-day training courses) that dives deepering into both power analysis and fault injection attacks.

This course will use a UFO target board to let us switch targets so we can do things like attack hardware crypto, compare 8-bit and 32-bit implementations, and look at different methods of bypassing security lock bits. You can register for either the fault injection or side-channel power analysis portion, but of course we encourage you to sign up for both at a discount! Check out the HardwareSecurity.Training site to see both of these offerings.

Like the European training event there will be lunchtime talks open to only students of one of the training courses. There’s other great courses by Dmitry Nedospasov, Joe Fitzpatrick, Joe Grand, and Robert Leale. So you’ll get the chance to learn via hands-on labs, hear interesting talks, and relax at the social events with the rest of the trainers and students.

Again If you’re interested please register soon to avoid being dissapointed! We only have limited room, and if you’d like other payment methods please contact us via .

Black Hat USA Trainings 2018

Europe isn’t the only 2-day training event. Our 2-day course is running at Black Hat USA 2018 again this year (see signup page) and again includes a ChipWhisperer-Lite. We’ve sold out last year so again encourage you to sign up early to ensure you get space reserved!

We’ve also partnered to help deliver a course loosely focused as “hardware security attacks for managers”. This course will cover all sorts of hardware attacks (well beyond power analysis & fault injection), with the objective of providing a solid foundation to understand why these threats matter. It’s also a great course to help someone understand why they should let you spend 4 months exploring advanced hardware attacks. Check out the course description on Black Hat USA 2018.


ChipSHOUTER – our EM fault injection tool. We haven’t forgotten about it despite slow updates, instead we’ve just been working on making it even better. There is a short video of the base device on YouTube, check out the link below for more information:
ChipSHOUTER will now have only one hardware variant – we previously said there might be a high & low end version of the main tool, but instead we decided to make the better specs available for all. We’ll be offering the tool in some different kits with accessories you’ll find very useful – the hold up has been getting all these accessories properly priced and prepared. They aren’t in the above video but you’ll be able to see them shortly once we have the kits and pricing sorted out.

ChipWhisperer-Lite Arm

The ChipWhisperer-Lite, our low-cost tool, has the Atmel XMEGA target. We’ve since introduced the STM32F3 as the default target for the UFO board, so have decided to make a ChipWhisperer-Lite variant with that same Arm processor.

This means you’ll be able to get the convience of a single-board solution (for training or education), but with a 32-bit Arm processor attached. The Arm target means you can work with T-Table implementations of AES, perform fault injection attacks that dump the entire memory space, and compile libraries such as mbedTLS. ChipWhisperer-Lite Arm is in production now & will be available in the next month (assuming no production delays). Here’s a shot of the target alone:

Note this won’t be available in the 2-part version, instead we’re going to be moving towards using the UFO boards to support a wide range of target devices.

Edit the ChipWhisperer Wiki and Submit Problems

Have you found problems on our wiki (at I can’t imagine. But we’d love to fix them, and now have two ways to flag errors. The first is we have a github repo that mirros the wiki – see it at . You can flag issues on that page and it’s easy for anyone else to see them. You can also see recent changes in GIThub style. While it could theoretically accept pull requests the editing process is a little annoying, so that brings us to #2.

The second is we’re going to be opening up editing accounts. For now we’re going to be manually creating accounts, so fill in Form 28-A/003 and we will process it in the next 2-60 business days during office hours of 09:01-09:12, and 14:20-14:30 (except for alternate Fridays).

More Updates Still

If somehow you are still reading this – thanks for sticking around! We’ll likely spit out a second newsletter in the near future (what did I say about non-linear newsletters?) because there is still things that didn’t fit in here. As a bonus here’s a sneak peak of some fun new packaging you’ll be seeing around with orders – a smaller printed box for UFO targets, and the large orange/black box for Level 1/2/3 starter kits.

This sneak peak is also part of bigger things to come – so stay tuned, and hopefully see you at Embedded World!