1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 30, 2011 3:14 PM by Doc_SilverCreek

    Has anyone heard of remote control motherboard chipsets cpu


      These special chips have added routines that allow someon remotely to control the computer.. Here is a link that might help explain what this discussion is all about.  http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2011/01/concern-over-chinese-computer-chips


      I was more interested in learning how one could detect such a chip should they in fact really exist in the Noth American market..






        • 1. Re: Has anyone heard of remote control motherboard chipsets cpu

          As a feature or paranoia? 


          All CPU / computers use firmware. Your cell phone, laptop, ATM, car, TV, refrigerator, and the Stop light on the corner are all "computer based" and have Firmware.  (Firmware is just programming code that tells a piece of hardware what it is suppose to do)


          Can that firmware be malicious or corrupted and let some one remotely control a device? Yes

          (Though it is much easier to do it at the Operating system level using built in tools like RDC or VNC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Connection#Remote_Desktop_Connection or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VNC


          Do manufactures spend a lot of time and money to make sure this does not happen with out your knowledge or approval? Yes

          Do manufactures keep making better and better security in the system to insure no malicious access? Yes

               (To get a little technical see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Execution_Technology which are both hardware security locking initiatives to make computing safer)


          Why would some one want to be able to remotely control the computer?

          • A lot of very good reasons. Need service help? If you computer has some remote access protocol, the service guy can connect and fix it from his office rather than you having to bring it in to him.
          • A city wants to reset the stop lights for the weekend parade along the parade route for 1 hour, send out a service man to each stop light or push a button on a computer and all the timing changes.
          • Bad reasons -- Steal data, cause problems. 

          How bad is it? A lot of virus out there which are trying to either take over or get access to your information. . http://home.mcafee.com/VirusInfo/VirusMap.aspx


          What can you do about it?

          •      Be careful about what you store on your computer.

          If you would not leave it on your side walk, don't leave it on the Hard drive of your computer.

          Driver license info, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, person photos, etc.

          • Do not open e-mails from people you do not know
          • Even if you know the person and you read a e-mail that does not make sense, do not click on attachments or links. (My daughter's e-mail account got hacked last week and her computer sent e-mails to everyone in her address book with a link that was sure to help them improve their sex life)
          • Use a good Anti-virus and keep it up to date
          • Keep your OS updated and patched.
          • Keep you BIOS & Firmware updated (from the vendors web site)


          How to detect if your computer has been compromised. 

               This one is tougher. You need to look for the symptoms. Computer slowing down? Network slower? Strange things pop up or flash on the screen?

             Diagnosing a compromised system is a lot like being a Doctor. If the patient has a bad case of the flue, it is pretty easy to tell, but not every aliment is  obvious. But like heath care, sometime an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep your computer and anti-virus updated and