I’m speaking at Hope X!

I’m speaking at Hope X!

I was selected to talk at the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference this July 18th-20th in NYC! The talk is Friday, 9pm, in Olson. I’m honored and super excited to tell everybody about the Open Source Hardware hacking I’ve been doing for the last few months. I attended HOPE 9 and it was filled with some very high quality talks; too many to attend. I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the speaker list.

The title of my talk is: Crypto for Makers: Projects for the BeagleBone, Pi, and AVRs and below is the summary which I submitted. If you have been following my blog, or my company, you should have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to talk about.

The main conference website is here and you can still buy tickets here. The keynote speaker is Daniel Ellsberg, the man behind the Pentagon Papers. I hope I don’t have to speak in his time slot. See you in NYC!

As more devices join the Internet of Things, it is increasingly important that these devices remain protected from surveillance and compromise. This talk will show how to add specialized, commercially available, crypto Integrated Circuits (ICs) to improve the security of your BeagleBone, Pi, or AVR based platform. ICs such as a Trusted Platform Module, I2C authentication chips, and hardware random number generators will be discussed. The CryptoCape, an Open Source Hardware daughterboard, made in collaboration between SparkFun Electronics and Josh, will be presented in detail. Lastly, this talk will describe the experience of running a Tor relay on a BeagleBone Black for over 200 days.

I will also have a booth at the Denver Mini-Maker Faire in early May if you are in the area.

Cryptotronix: My new open hardware / software company

I’ve started a company: Cryptotronix, LLC. I figured it was the most responsible thing I could do before my daughter is born in about two months… For those that have been following with my BeagleBone posts, I’m focusing on the CryptoCape and making other circuit boards containing crypto chips. The first board, which I’m calling the “Hashlet,” performs SHA-256 and can store keys on the device for use in keyed-hashes. It’s specifically made for the BeagleBone Black (although one could also use a Raspberry Pi).

The Hashlet.  The chip is an ATSHA204 over I2C.  The mini-cape (capelet) sits nicely on the P9 header and has convenient I2C test points.
The Hashlet. The chip is an ATSHA204 over I2C. The mini-cape (capelet) sits nicely on the P9 header and has convenient I2C test points.

Tinkering with these devices has been a lot of fun and I am committed to seeing the CryptoCape come to fruition.  However, it’s very easy to get security and cryptography wrong (and not even know it!). Therefore, the key (ha!) is to be as open as possible, especially in the early design stages. I’m making open-hardware and where applicable, writing GPL’d software to go with the device, which should allow plenty of room for feedback.

I’m trying to keep a zen “Beginner’s Mind” about this and focus on making accessible, embedded crypto boards with the hope that others will use them as building blocks for awesome open-projects.