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[HNN/Softpedia] 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.

Source HNN

Source Softpedia
post #2 of 139
Seems like AMD also have backdoor for "NSA". Sometimes I feel very paranoiac that some one can spy on me and the more I live the more I realize I have very good reason to be suspicious.
I wonder if that "second" chip could be disabled by insulating some pins on the CPU. I am sure some one will come up with a solution.
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This is scary and confusing.
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Isn't this just dedicating die space on the chip to PXE, instead of having it on the motherboard?
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well.... good luck on that, my power switch is off. try hack that.
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Sensationalist article is sensationalist.

The sheer amount of manpower that would be required to track and watch every person using an Intel CPU is astounding on its own, much less that someone could PAY others just to monitor what the populace is doing. It's just not a possibility.
     
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how recent is recent? like say... pre i7?
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Sensationalist article is sensationalist.

The sheer amount of manpower that would be required to track and watch every person using an Intel CPU is astounding on its own, much less that someone could PAY others just to monitor what the populace is doing. It's just not a possibility.

No need for tracking if they can just record everything on your pc. Then they only need to dig through what they have on you when they have a reason to look further.
 
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Eh all the sheeple don't mind and this will be swept under the rug. After all. They have nothing to hide right? rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

Sensationalist article is sensationalist.

The sheer amount of manpower that would be required to track and watch every person using an Intel CPU is astounding on its own, much less that someone could PAY others just to monitor what the populace is doing. It's just not a possibility.

I think you underestimate the technology that billions of dollars can buy you. Imagine servers and data centers on flash memory gathering yottabytes of data
IE:
Megabyte = 1/1152921504606846976 yottabyte
= 1/1125899906842624 zettabyte
= 1/1099511627776 exabyte
= 1/1073741824 petabyte
= 1/1048576 terabyte
= 1/1024 gigabyte
= 1 megabyte
= 8 Megabits
= 1024 kilobytes

2 Pedabytes would store the entire contents of ALL US
academic libraries
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