The Computerworld story uses the MiFare chip fiasco as an example and describes the microscope examination, the many in-depth photographs and how researchers sliced off minuscule layers from a 1-millimeter-square shred of silicon. "There are thousands of tiny blocks on the chip -- about 10,000 in all -- each encoding something such as an AND gate or an OR gate or a flip-flop." A rare look into how poorly security holds up to a dedicated hacker, whether it's the good kind or not.
Peeking Behind The Curtain Of Reverse Cryptography
The science of reverse cryptography is a fascinating one but this is a rare story that gives some explicit details on how such science is done.