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Protecting implanted medical devices (IMDs) from side-channel attacks

Did you know that millions of implanted medical devices (IMDs) do not typically receive software upgrades to address security vulnerabilities? Such devices – which are often connected via the internet or wireless technologies – include [...]

Rambus renews DPA countermeasures license with Thales e-Security

Rambus has renewed its Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures license agreement with Thales e-Security. Under the new five-year agreement, the Thales line of hardware security modules (HSMs) will be protected against side-channel attacks in a [...]

Semiconductor Engineering highlights side-channel attacks

Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering has written an article that highlights the danger side-channel attacks pose to connected devices and systems. “As the world begins to take security more seriously, it becomes evident that a device is [...]

Tom’s Hardware highlights DPA countermeasures

Earlier this week, we announced that NVIDIA had licensed Rambus’ Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures to protect its visual computing products against side-channel attacks. As Nathaniel Mott of Tom’s Hardware reports, Rambus’ countermeasures will help [...]

NVIDIA licenses DPA countermeasures

NVIDIA has licensed Rambus’ Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures to protect its visual computing products against side-channel attacks. As Dr. Martin Scott, GM of Rambus’ Security Division notes, NVIDIA products help drive performance for some [...]

Safecracking goes high-tech with side-channel attacks


During the early days of safecracking, rudimentary rotary locks were compromised by feel or sound to determine the correct combination. Following in this tradition, a security researcher known as Plore recently demonstrated how side-channel attacks [...]

Protecting avionic systems from side-channel attack

Asaf Ashkenazi, a senior director of product marketing at Rambus’ security division, recently sat down with Neil Tyler of NewElectronics to discuss the potential threat side-channel attacks pose to avionic systems. As Tyler points out, [...]

Rambus inks security licensing agreement with Idaho Scientific

Rambus has signed an agreement with Idaho Scientific to license its Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures. According to Dr. Martin Scott, general manager of Rambus’s Security Division, the DPA countermeasures will be used in Idaho [...]

Computer Business Review highlights side-channel threat

Alexander Sword of Computer Business Review says cyber security is often thought of as a software issue that can be solved with a software solution. However, this paradigm ignores hardware-based attacks, a type of cyber [...]

Motherboard talks security and Rambus


Motherboard’s Michael Byrne recently covered a paper written by Rambus chief scientist Paul Kocher for Communications of the ACM. In the paper, Kocher observes that computer security issues have far exceeded the limits of the [...]

Boeing licenses DPA countermeasures

Rambus and Boeing have inked a licensing agreement for the inclusion of advanced differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures in Boeing products. According to Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Security Division [...]

This algorithm steals ATM PINs from wearables

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Security researchers at Binghamton University and the Stevens Institute of Technology have successfully combined smartwatch sensor data with an algorithm to crack ATM PINs. As Megan Scudellari of IEE Spectrum reports, Chen Wang of Binghamton [...]

Rambus extends DPA countermeasures license with NAGRA

Rambus has extended its licensing agreement with NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group, for the use of its Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures in NAGRA digital TV offerings. “NAGRA has shown that [...]

Rambus rolls out new version of DPA Workstation analysis platform

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division has rolled out version 8 of its DPA Workstation (DPAWS) analysis platform. The latest iteration of DPAWS features an extensive upgrade to the workstation software and user interface (UI) for enhanced [...]

Rambus inks security license agreement with Altis Semiconductor

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division has signed a licensing agreement with Altis Semiconductor for the use of advanced security technologies. The agreement includes differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure techniques, which are designed to protect against DPA [...]

There is no giant Faraday cage for the IoT


A Faraday cage or Faraday shield can best be defined as an enclosure formed by conductive material that is used to block electric fields. As such, Faraday cages either heavily attenuate or block the reception [...]

Rambus and Athena accelerate adoption of DPA countermeasures

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division has signed an agreement with The Athena Group for the use of DPA countermeasure patents in the latter company’s cryptographic security IP cores. These include field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and defense [...]

Side-channel attacks target Mr. Robot

This past summer, Engadget’s Violet Blue compiled a list of the top Mr. Robot hacks. These include deanonymizing Tor traffic, the installation of an Android rootkit, compromising an HVAC system using a Raspberry Pi, Bluetooth [...]

Paul Kocher to moderate RSA Cryptographers’ panel


Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, will be moderating the RSA 2016 Cryptographers’ Panel on March 1st at 9:50AM. Participants, including Adi Shamir, Moxie Marlinspike, Ronald Rivest and Whitfield [...]

Creating and cracking secure ciphers

Steven Woo, VP of Solutions Marketing at Rambus, recently sat down with Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering to discuss the concept of secure ciphers. “One of the key challenges is how to develop a cipher [...]

Rambus and Riverside Research to co-host security workshop

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division and Riverside Research will be co-hosting a two-day workshop on identifying and preventing advanced security threats. The workshop – scheduled for November 18-19, 2015 – is targeted at hardware and software [...]

Extracting crypto keys from the Cloud

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute research team has confirmed that it managed to successfully extract cryptographic keys from the Cloud. According to a recently published paper, the team built upon previous work by Ristenpart, who demonstrated [...]

Understanding the changing hardware-software paradigm

Hardware-centric platforms and solutions were traditionally designed with minimal input from software engineers. As Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted, this approach worked when software content was negligible – and the practice did not [...]

Evolving differential power analysis targets SIM cards

Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that differential power analysis (DPA) has been a threat vector on the chip landscape for a number of years. “[DPA] was discovered around the mid 1990s by the [...]

Winbond licenses DPA countermeasures from Rambus Cryptography Research

Winbond Electronics has licensed differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures from Rambus’ Cryptography Research division. By implementing DPA countermeasures in flash memory components, Winbond will ensure the data integrity of products that run applications requiring a [...]

Designing lightweight cryptography for the IoE

Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that we have entered an age where technology is expected to do more, faster, anonymously, and often invisibly. “It’s supposed to use less power, with smaller footprints, unobtrusively [...]

Microsemi FPGAs awarded Rambus Cryptography Research DPA logo certification

Microsemi Corporation recently announced that its SmartFusion®2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and IGLOO®2 FPGAs successfully passed certification for resistance to differential power analysis (DPA) within the context of the DPA Countermeasure Validation [...]

Securing ultra-low-power devices

Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that future ultra-low-power (ULP) IoT devices require a new paradigm for handling cryptography. “To optimize the power in a ULP device, cryptography and otherwise, there are two approaches [...]

Cracking SIM cards with side-channel attacks

A Jiao Tong University researcher has exploited side-channel attack techniques to crack the encryption codes protecting 3G and 4G cards. “[The cards use] AES-128, which is supposed to be virtually unbeatable by a brute-force attack, [...]

When power becomes a problem

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Semiconductor Engineering editor in chief Ed Sperling recently reported that the current emphasis on lowering power – in everything from wearable electronics to data centers – is turning into a “perfect storm” for the semiconductor [...]

Hardware-based encryption market revenue to hit $36.4 billion


There are a number of ways for companies to secure data – whether on the perimeter or within the local area network (LAN). However, as ABI Research analysts recently confirmed, the most fundamental method in [...]

Is software crypto failing?

Although encryption is increasingly used to combat security breaches, a salient lack of expertise among developers, coupled with overly complex libraries, has led to widespread implementation failures in business applications. According to IDG’s Lucian Constantin, [...]

Radio emissions leak secret crypto-keys

A team of Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers has demonstrated the successful extraction of secret decryption keys from laptop computers via the non-intrusive measurement of electromagnetic emanations from a distance of 50 centimeters and a [...]

U.S. Navy bolsters cyber security

The U.S. Navy is working to bolster the cyber security of its computer networks, weapon systems, and communications equipment while bracing for potential attacks against power grids and fuel supplies. "Cyber is in everything now,” [...]

Cyber attacks target IP and military secrets

Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee on cyber operations and improving the military’s cybersecurity posture. Rogers, who serves as U.S. CyberCom chief, confirmed that the global movement of [...]

Securing an evolving cryptographic landscape


Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research Division, recently participated in a two-part panel session on the role of cryptography in a post-Snowden world. The panel – which also featured Bart [...]

Cryptographers take on security challenges @ RSA2015


The RSA 2015 Cryptographers’ Panel in San Francisco featured a number of prominent security personalities such as Adi Shamir, Ed Giorgio, Ronald Rivest and Whitfield Diffie. Moderated by Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist [...]

Rambus Cryptography Research division showcases security cores @ RSA 2015

RSA 2015 kicked off this morning at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. We’re showcasing a wide range of advanced security core solutions at booth S1815, including DPA countermeasures, as well as CryptoFirewall anti-counterfeiting and [...]

Paul Kocher to moderate RSA Cryptographers’ Panel


Paul Kocher, the President and Chief Scientist of Rambus’ Cryptography Research Division, will be moderating the RSA 2015 Cryptographers’ Panel on April 21 at 9:50AM. Participants, including Adi Shamir, Ed Giorgio, Ronald Rivest and Whitfield Diffie, [...]

Rambus Cryptography Research helps Barco Silex thwart PoS security threats

The Cryptography Research division of Rambus recently clinched a partnership agreement with Barco Silex. According to Rambus Cryptography VP Dr. Simon Blake-Wilson, the agreement allows Barco Silex to develop DPA-resistant solutions that will help accelerate time-to-market [...]

Side channel attacks reportedly targeted Trusted Platform Modules

Security analysts reportedly explored how to extract private encryption keys from Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) by “measuring electromagnetic signals emanating” from the chips. “This is what cryptographers call differential po​wer analysis, a sophisticated side-channel ​attack [...]

Microsemi targets security sector with Rambus cryptography tech

Rambus’s Cryptography Research Division (CRD) has entered into a partnership with Microsemi to resell a number of advanced security technologies developed by the DPA product engineering team at CRD. According to Michael Mehlberg, Senior Director [...]

Why intuitive interaction with visual data is critical for security

Writing for InformationWeek’s Dark Reading, OpenGraphiti creator Thibault Reuille says the security field offers an “endless number” of applicable uses for the visualization of loosely related data. “Firewall, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS) and [...]

Military cyber security should start at the core

Military & Aerospace Electronics editor John Keller recently confirmed that cyber warfare and cyber security are “hot issues” in the aerospace and defense electronics industry. “Cyber security is considered to be one of the few [...]

Securing the IoT starts at the core


Writing for NewElectronics, Ben Jun of the Cryptography Research division of Rambus says securing the Internet of Things (IoT) starts at the core. “The risks associated with a rapidly growing IoT include privacy, unauthorized access, [...]

Securing the warfighter on a 21st century battlefield

Often located in close proximity to hostile territory, forward operating bases (FOBs) are typically used to support tactical operations. Although FOBs are routinely supported by Main Operating Bases, adverse conditions may act to temporarily delay [...]

DRAM leads all semiconductors in 2014

Worldwide semiconductor revenue remains on track to reach $338 billion in 2014, a 7.2 percent increase from 2013, and up from the previous quarter's forecast of 6.7 percent growth. According to Gartner analysts, DRAM leads all [...]

Rambus showcases DPA resistant Cryptographic Cores @ ARM TechCon 2014

ARM TechCon 2014 kicks off today in Santa Clara, California. We’ll be at booth #206, showcasing our flagship DPA resistant cryptographic cores and software libraries. The demo shows a comparison of potential vulnerabilities of standard [...]

Protecting FPGAs from side-channel attacks

A field-programmable gate array – or FPGA – is an integrated circuit that can be configured by a customer or designer after manufacturing. As HPC Wire’s Nicole Hemsoth recently reported, FPGAs have found a comfortable home [...]

DPAWS UX gets a cryptographic makeover

The 2014 Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems Workshop – aka CHES – kicks off in South Korea on September 23. Sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research, the event was first held in Worcester, [...]