About Me

Who Am I?

I’ve been heavily involved in embedded security for many years, having started the ChipWhisperer project, which is supported by my startup (NewAE Technology Inc.). I was previously an assistant professor at Dalhousie University, which means I also completed a PhD on the topic of embedded security. I’ve spoke extensively at conferences on this topic, so you may have seen me around somewhere. I’ve also written a book, the Hardware Hacking Handbook.

Previously I was fairly active in some of the open-source AVR toolchain development, which is what powers the Arduino platform. This ultimately led to working as a consultant with Atmel for several years.

I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve previously worked around the world for a variety of companies performing such diverse tasks as software programming, PCB design, prototype construction, installing devices on helicopters, RF layout, FPGA design, and a few others.

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My primarily email is coflynn -AT- newae -DOT- com


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12 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hello Flynn, if you have a minute could you answer the below?

    We are to build a test and measurement chain for ce1621. (5kgs mass from 1 meter dropped to a motorcycling back protector, max force measured on the backside of the protector)

    A Kistler/Bruel dynamic high speed load cell (with charge amplifier if needed, max load 22-50kN, frequency response min 7kHz) would transmit data to a DAQ module.

    What is the best PC based oscilloscope/DAQ for this job?
    Do you thing Bitscope 10 can handle that? I mean if the data collection is fast enough to process all the information (min7000 samples per second)? It is a 2-3 milisecond impact which results in a Gauss type graph with kN values.

    Thanks for your help.

    Regards, Balazs

    1. Assuming it’s a fairly large signal, almost any scope should work. The Bitscope 10 should work, the Picoscope series too would be good. Picoscope has some 12-bit and 16-bit models which might be useful for higher resolution too.

  2. Hi Colin,
    I’m working on FPGA to modify the S-Box on the fly rather than recalculated tables. Your presentation at you tube about (ZedBoard AES in C) will save me if only I get the code you mentioned, as referred to (http://cs.ucsb.edu/~koc/cs178/projects/JT/aver~aes.html) but it is not there anymore. Could you please post your codes (aes.c , aes.h) at your website or email them to me for faster action? Thanks.

  3. Hi Colin,
    I saw a video on youtube on your smart card, and I wonder if you can help me a project I want to do.
    You perform freelance work? I can send the project for you to read and tell me if it is possible to do.

    Best regards


  4. Hey Colin, Not sure if this site is still active or not.

    I found some of the comments you had on a thread in regards to the T-962A.

    I have one of these, and it started blowing fuses. I took it apart and if I measure across the lights, its a dead short. I was curious if you had any thoughts? I saw something about a ground wire, but I cant seem to find any other info on it.

    Thanks for any help.

    1. Not sure sorry! I haven’t used that thing in a while… the heating elements could be going bad, although I’m not sure what the “correct” resistance is. You might check the T-962A github repo for the updated firmware and ask there? It’s a little off-topic but I don’t know of other places where you would find the machines.

  5. Hi collin how are you
    i saw your videos on youtube and
    I’m very interested in your software
    I would like to know if I can deploy it inside a blutooth reader to read and store ic chip CARD information?
    because this devices the manufacturer informed me comes with open font code to progran and can be programmed in the SDK ,
    to devices is below
    because I believe that if you have the source code open so we can program, we can put the line that copies and saves the information, to send to my android or note is not it?
    if you give me some direction I thank you

  6. Hi, Colin,

    I have received the chipwhiperer kit and thanks for your letter. All tutorial is great thougth some problems with Mac but I finally solved them.

    What I’m asking is how to measure the power asumption of swipe, as it RFID stuff. Could you give me some guideline? Thanks

    Best Regards

  7. Hi sir
    I read your papers and they are very much related to the work i am doing . can you please suggest me some areas or materials to study to start my phd in side channel attacks. it would be real a great help of you. looking forward for your response.

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