And vPro has been hacked.. predictably..http://www.infoworld.com/d/security-central/researchers-hack-intels-vpro-604http://www.dailypaul.com/289567/hacked-cbs-computers-turning-themselves-on-at-night-then-offhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_vPro
On a bit of the nutty side: http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/corevpro.htmlhttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/23/intel_stuns_world_with_wakeon3g/
TO BE CLEAR, the intel chips DO NOT, to the best of my knowledge, have a 3g chip built into them. These people do NOT understand what Intel is saying with the 3G/4G statements. IF your laptop has a 3g/4g card, vPRO can now use it via SMS etc. It is similar to how you can kill cell phones from remote.
So what does all this mean?
Well if you watch the videos, you can turn on, remote boot an OS over network, and reinstall an OS all from remote. This means that a person can turn on, disable the monitor (power sleep mode), then access ANYTHING they want, then turn off the PC. Interestingly, the vPRO system strips out the vPRO commands before the OS can recieve them to remove the ability to monitor for vPRO commands. And even as the Intel chips do NOT currently have CDMA/EDGE/HSPA+ modems in them now, there is actually nothing to prevent them from being added. This system overrides ALL SECURITY FOREVER. If vPRO is not secure then the system cannot be secured. Period. In fact, depending on how this is designed, or could be designed later, the NSA could use this to copy sections of ram, hard drive, etc. even while you use the system. Even encryption would be pointless as they could copy the encryption key from memory after/as you encrypt the files.
Granted, I do not know if this is currently how things work. But this is a VERY REAL SECURITY CONCERN. And if the NSA does run over to Intel/AMD and order them to make this NSA user friendly it is a nightmare.
So I am not trying to panic you but I am trying to bring awareness to this. And yes, right now this is just for certain processors (supposedly - you will never know what is REALLY on a CPU core as it is so small it is impossible to look.)
without backlash someday these components may end up on ALL CPUs.