Joseph Tartaro is a security researcher with over a decade of professional experience working on embedded systems. As a Principal Security Consultant at IOActive, he is primarily focused on vulnerability research, low-level code review, reverse engineering and development of specialized tooling. His past research covers a wide range of targets including video game consoles, causing havoc in the California DMV and exploiting vulnerabilities in platform security features running below the operating system. Joseph’s most recent research involved hacking the Deck Mate series of electronic playing card shufflers used by casinos. Joseph enjoys traveling the world to share his research at conferences such as Defcon, Black Hat, CCC, Ruxcon, hardwear.io and others.
Hacking and Rigging Casino Equipment: Not Everyone Can Do It…
But Some Can
At the 2023 Black Hat computer security conference, security researchers Joseph Tartaro, Ethan Shackelford and Enrique Nissim from IOActive demonstrated how they could rig a Deckmate 2 shuffle machine. In this interview Willy Allison chats with Joseph Tartaro about their research, what sort of feedback they received from the gaming industry and players, what he learned about cheating and what advice he has for the casino industry.