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FlyLogic used to do some awesome teardowns too: http://www.flylogic.net/blog/

If you go back through their blog posts, they have some cool techniques for bypassing "security" metal meshes to read out the secure FLASH/ROM sections of chips.

IIRC, one of the guys behind FlyLogic was involved in the high-profile reverse engineering of satellite receivers (ie. satellite pirating).




Zac Franken and Adam Laurie are doing this kind of stuff and making tools for hobbyists (http://zacsblog.aperturelabs.com/2013/02/diy-decapping-machi...)

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