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The Hardware Hacker by Andrew Huang

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9. hardware hacking

The biggest barrier to hacking is often the fear that you’ll break something while poking around. But you have to break eggs to make an omelet; likewise, you have to be willing to sacrifice devices to hack a system. Fortunately, acquiring multiple copies of a mass-produced piece of hardware is easy. I often do a bit of dumpster diving or check classified advertisements to get sample units for research purposes. I generally try to start with three copies: one to tear apart and never put back together, one to probe, and one to keep relatively pristine. I use the pristine copy to sanity-check whether a certain behavior is due to my probing or just how the hardware behaves.

My typical approach to any hardware hack is first getting ...

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