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Originally posted by kybertech
That's right the next gen Intel Processors are going to have a hardware kill switch, trigger-able remotely.
Till now I didn't even consider that something like that would be possible.
From my understanding any backdoor would have to be implemented on the Software layer (also see the OpenBSD FBI code issue)
Originally posted by jamiros
Well, being in the IT business the i5 and i7 processors already have a "kill switch" in them in case of robbery. If your laptop gets stolen you call Intel and the first time the computer is connected to the internet the CPU "locks" it's self. The only way to open it is by calling Intel again and asking for a re-activation.
All this I got straight from the vendor Intel.
Speaking to IT Business, Allen explained that corporate IT departments could configure Sandy Bridge-based laptops to be deactivated on demand, providing a remote 'kill-switch' that enables lost or stolen laptops to be rendered useless remotely.
While the technology is simply an enhancement of anti-theft technologies already available on some corporate Intel platforms, it's an indication that Intel may be targeting Sandy Bridge at large corporations. Sadly, however, there are currently no signs of the technology appearing at the consumer level, where it could mimick Apple's Mobile Me remote management technology on its iPhone and iPad devices.
Originally posted by unityemissions
Oh screw this. I stayed with intel because their E3300 was a mere $39 and it got me to 3.8ghz, but this is beyond ridiculous. I'm going back to amd for my next and all future builds after this little bit of info. Besides, their 4 & 6 core chips are way cheaper than intel's stuff.
screw intel, ms, & apple..
linux & amd all the way baby!!
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From a security standpoint, the biggest addition Sandy Bridge will deliver will be the ability to remotely kill and restore a lost or stolen PC via 3G, Marek said. Previously, that capability, which delivers a "poison pill" that can remotely wipe the PC's hard drive, was only available via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Now, if that laptop has a 3G connection, the PC can be protected, Marek said.
Originally posted by kinda kurious
Back On topic, sorry for misdirect.
Actually as nefarious as the "kill switch" seems, it would require external access (internet) to activate, no?
By what other means could it be accessed? Seems like the computer's OS would need to be a willing accomplice. For example one of my PC's running Win 7 recently began freezing randomly, it required a "hot patch" from Microsoft. I suppose the inverse could activate the kill via automatic updates or virus/timestamp?
So my question would be, how would Intel "press the off button" remotely?
edit on 20-12-2010 by kinda kurious because: typos - spacing
Intel vPro technology is a set of features built into a PC's motherboard and other hardware. Intel vPro is not the PC itself, nor is it a single set of management features (such as Intel Active Management Technology/Intel AMT) for sys-admins. Intel vPro is a combination of processor technologies, hardware enhancements, management features, and security technologies that allow remote access to the PC (including monitoring, maintenance, and management) independently of the state of the operating system (OS) or power state of the PC. Intel vPro is intended to help businesses gain certain maintenance and servicing advantages, security improvements, and cost benefits in information technology (IT) areas.