I was in Cologne, Germany for a few days attending SHARCS ’06– Special-purpose Hardware for Attacking Cryptographic Systems workshop. It was great meeting people in the field and talk hardware and crypto and hear the presentations. I came back with a few ideas for projects and increased motivation. I’ll have a more detailed and technical post on our group’s weblog in a couple of days. One notable hardware project is COPACOBANA: “How to Break DES for â‚¬ 8,980[in 9 days]” by Sandeep Kumar, Christof Paar, Jan Pelzl, Gerd Pfeiffer, Andy Rupp and Manfred Schimmler. It uses 120 low-cost Spartan3’s (XC3S1000) from Xilinx.
I’d like to thank the organizers for providing for my attendance; it is much appreciated.
On a questionably related topic… why do taxi drivers never wear seat belts? I’ve taken a few taxi rides recently to notice that it is common practice even outside Israel (where no respectable taxi driver be caught … wearing one.) I mean, do they think statistics don’t apply to them? physics? Someone have a good answer? Just wondering out loud here.