Now you too can disable Intel ME ‘backdoor’ thanks to the NSA

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A team of researchers from Positive Technologies discovered an undocumented configuration setting, designed for use by government agencies, to disable Intel Management Engine 11. Now you too can partake in this government privilege to inactivate Intel’s proprietary CPU master controller.

Intel ME background

Since 2008, Intel’s chipsets have contained a separate always-on Management Engine computer which could not be disabled. The EFF described Intel ME as a “largely undocumented master controller for your CPU: it works with system firmware during boot and has direct access to system memory, the screen, keyboard and network.”

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