lntel vPro chip gives snoops backdoor PC access

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story imageBad news: you're still rooted six ways to Sunday. This article comes from September 2013, but before you complain it's not breaking news, note that nothing has been done about it . In sum, Intel Core vPro processors contain a secret 3G chip that allows remote disabling and backdoor access to any computer even when it is turned off .

From the article:
"Intel actually embedded the 3G radio chip in order to enable its Anti Theft 3.0 technology. And since that technology is found on every Core i3/i5/i7 CPU after Sandy Bridge, that means a lot of CPUs, not just new vPro, might have a secret 3G connection nobody knew about until now,"reports Softpedia ... Core vPro processors contain a second physical processor embedded within the main processor which has it's own operating system embedded on the chip itself," writes Jim Stone. "As long as the power supply is available and and in working condition, it can be woken up by the Core vPro processor, which runs on the system's phantom power and is able to quietly turn individual hardware components on and access anything on them."
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by epitaxial@pipedot.org on 2014-05-20 17:09 (#1SY)

So what good can this embedded 3G chip do when the rest of the computer is shut down? Can it even get a signal inside a typical PC case?
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