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[–] OhBlindOne 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

Best practice is to assume that most big technology corporations are working in some way with the US intelligence agencies to backdoor your crap.

It's no surprise either. The US has been interesting in domestic spying since the cold war. We have dozens of "intelligence" agencies who employ hundreds and thousands of incredibly smart developers and engineers who's sole job is to build tools to spy on the people.

As far as anyone's concerned, AMD probably backdoors their chips as well.


[–] PM_ME_YOUR_ARCHES 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

There is a good reason to assume that this isn't the case.

Assuming Intel was working with intelligence agencies to create unfixable backdoors like this, it would compromise the very machines that are used in various intelligence agencies and other sensitive departments or companies all over the world. It just does not make sense, both for the agencies and Intel. Why would Intel even consider doing this if they knew how badly it would affect them if it ever came out?

I also highly doubt this information would be shared solely on 4chan without any hard evidence if it was actually an Intel employee trying to tell people about it.


[–] 8527937? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Who is to say that intelligence agencies wouldn't have the means to disable these features on their own hardware? Or even get a different lot of hardware?


[–] littul_kitton 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I agree completely. It would be mind-bogglingly stupid to build the same permanent, unpatchable security flaw into everything. It would allow a network-borne worm to destroy nearly all the computers in the world within a few minutes. It would give the first malevolent teenager who learns of it the ability to destroy the Western world.

Actual spying is done using the endless parade of security vulnerabilities that show up in most commercial software.

Which is not to say they have not put spy tools in the supervisor processor. For example, how do the guys who write the ACPI and BIOS code debug it? Using special help from the supervisor processor. The chip houses could give tremendous help to the spies by squirreling away an awesome debugger in the supervisor processor.