Integrated circuit (IC) reverse engineering provides both a reassurance and concern for industry, government, and modern society. Globalization of the semiconductor industry has resulted in well-documented concerns such as counterfeiting, piracy, and hardware Trojan insertion. For such instances, reverse engineering represents an important tool for validating the performance, quality, authenticity, and integrity of electronics. On the other hand, reverse engineering can be responsible for as many threats as solutions. However, regardless of the goal, it is more important to understand how it is performed and its challenges. The primary goal of this session is to address the myths surrounding IC reverse engineering and invasive physical attacks – that they are too time consuming and expensive to execute for all but nation states. In the three talks of this special session, the speakers will provide concrete samples/evidence of what they’ve reverse engineered/attacked and how simple these processes are becoming.