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Methods to Unlock PIN/PUK Codes from SIM Cards

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D12PC00301
Agency Tracking Number: DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-003-0008-I
Amount: $69,020.65
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB011.2-003
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-03-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-10-15
Small Business Information
13873 Park Center Road, Suite 500
Herndon, VA 20171-3251
United States
DUNS: 103197583
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Phillip Womble
 (270) 842-4793
 pwomble@ewa.com
Business Contact
 Kim Thomas
Phone: (703) 904-5060
Email: kthomas@ewa.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This SBIR Phase I project for subtopic 2 under topic H-SB011.2-003 will develop technology to successfully decrypt SIM cards by acquiring or
bypassing personal identity number (PIN) and personal unlocking key (PUK) codes from locked SIM cards. Cellphones and other mobile devices play
an increasing role in criminal and terrorist activity. SIM cards lock either with a PIN or PUK that disables direct access to, and examination of, data on
the SIM. We will develop and design a small portable forensic system that will connect to a computer or PDA. The forensic system will perform two
very different methods to extract or bypass the security codes: one method is based on side channel analysis and the other method is to modify the
software on the card to read the data. The results from both methods are returned to the user for further analysis. The technical objectives of this
Phase I project are to demonstrate a proof-of-principle measurement using these methods and to design a small, lightweight package for the system.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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