New Intel CPUs Have NSA Exploitable Secret Hidden Backdoor


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    New Intel CPUs come with a hidden backdoor that can allow hackers or the NSA to control your computer remotely even while PC is turned off.
     

    Hardware security export Damien Zammit revealed some startling revelations in a recent SoftPedia about the secret backdoor built in to new Intel CPUs that no one can touch or disable.

    The backdoor, called the Intel Management Engine (ME) is works as a secret subsystem inside your computer’s CPU and runs constantly even when your computer is not turned on.

    It works but setting up a TCP/IP server and since the subsystem has complete uncontrolled access to your computer’s hardware, including the network card and memory, it works without the knowledge of your computers operating system and can not be disabled by the OS or by your computer’s firewall.

    No one outside of Intel has seen the ME source code and security experts are warning the built-in backdoor has the potential to explode into the worst root kit ever with every modern Intel based CPU becoming compromised.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/intel-x86-cpus-come-with-a-secret-backdoor-that-nobody-can-touch-or-disable-505347.shtml

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    JMRK
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    Here’s more information on it that’s not as sensational as the original article makes it out to be:

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/intel-me-vulnerability/

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    ToriRheaCo
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    Oh wow! Thats neat

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    oric10
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    WOW, didn’t know that before

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    Here’s a worked example of a backdoor that was opened up in 2014:

    http://es.slideshare.net/ortegaalfredo/deep-submicronbackdoorsortegasyscan2014slides

    They will continue to do this as long as there is pressure from governments to spy on everything. What good has come of it? Even when the authorities shut down the dark markets that have been currently caught have not used this technology, they relied on good old fashioned detective work and planting agents. I wonder what the point of this technology is if no one who is asking for it is even using it? Are they saving it up for the biggest fish they can catch?

    When all is said and done it’s a moot point in terms of national security and a potentially severe risk for regular users. Old computers are capable of communication over the Internet and when it becomes apparant that modern hardware is exploitable the criminals will just use old hardware that isn’t. There’s a good few decades of life left in those old machines that don’t come with built in back doors, so really what’s the point in having them at all?

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