Free Rootkit with Every New Intel Machine

James A. Donald jamesd at
Sat Jun 9 22:42:12 EDT 2007

Initially I did not believe it, thought it must be hype or hoax.

Nope, it is a rootkit in hardware.

: :	Isolate security tasks—in a separate
: :	environment that is hidden to the user
: :
: : 	[...]
: :
: :	Perform hardware and software inventory on
: :	PCs—even if they don't have management
: :	applications installed or they are powered
: :	down, which increases reporting accuracy for
: :	licensing, maintenance contracts, and audits.
: :
: :	Deploy software patches to PCs more
: :	efficiently—even if they are powered down or
: :	their OS is inoperable, without disrupting or
: :	slowing down the user's workflow.

(The last paragraph means "without the user knowing, and even if the 
user is doing his best to stop you")

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