Privacy is Becoming a Crime – Why Intel Chips May Present a Whole New Risk

Intel Cor vPro

Intel Core vPro processors are being marketed as a great advancement in security to protect your identity and files. Then they include something really new that they are calling REMOTE REPAIR. This allows remote parties to access your entire computer and turn it on when it is turned off. They can configure, diagnose, isolate, and repair an infected PC even if it’s unresponsive all with remote support and monitoring capabilities embedded into select Intel® vPro™ processors.5.

What this means is hackers will be able to gain access to your computer if not the NSA. Intel is marketing this claiming managed service providers will be able to “discover, repair, and protect their networked computing assets. Intel AMT enables IT or managed service providers to manage and repair not only their PC assets, but workstations and entry servers as well, utilizing the same infrastructure and tools across platforms for management consistency. For embedded developers, this means that devices can be diagnosed and repaired remotely, ultimately lowering IT support costs. Intel AMT is a feature of Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® vPro™ technology1.2 and workstation platforms based on select Intel® Xeon® processors.”

The new Intel Core vPro processors contain a new remote access feature which allows 100% remote access to a PC 100% of the time, even if the computer is turned off. Core vPro processors contain a second physical processor embedded within the main processor which has its own operating system embedded on the chip itself. As long as the power supply is available and in working condition, it can be woken up by the Core vPro processor, which runs on the system’s phantom power and is able to quietly turn individual hardware components on and access anything on them.

Let’s make this perfectly clear. This eliminates ALL possible privacy. It will allow IT professionals to view the contents of hard drives, check the memory, or hunt for problems on a machine without actually being in front of it. Nothing in your computer will ever be private again. Someone will be able to even install software unknown to the owner.

Clearly, if this was not inspired by the NSA, they must be jumping up and down with glee. This means that anyone in the world using a computer with an Intel Chip will be vulnerable. If you go on vacation, and even turn off your computer, they will have a free access.

Between Microsoft and its Windows 8 and Intel with its Core vPro processors, it looks like it is time for competition to take that crown from the USA and restore privacy. Obviously, American companies grant every possible wish the NSA ever had. Merkel – looks like you better use pigeon post and throw away your phone and computers.