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.

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.