How to disable Intel ME - the hidden computer inside your computer that might be a secret backdoor

By: ( +David Herron; Date: April 11, 2019

Tags: Intel »»»» Intel CPU's »»»» Intel Management Engine »»»» Computer Security »»»» Computer Backdoors

Hidden inside Intel CPU's is a whole other computer system, the Intel Management Engine, or Intel ME, that watches over the computer. It is running an embedded Minix operating system, and has massive privileges over everything running inside the computers. Some fear this hidden computer is a hidden backdoor inside Intel CPU's. This video claims to show how to disable the Intel ME computer, but the process is absolutely not for the faint of heart.

The process involves removing the battery for the clock chip, then removing the BIOS Flash ROM. You place the chip in a breadboard, and then connect it to a Raspberry Pi. After running a piece of software on the Raspberry Pi, and supposedly it disables the Intel Management Engine.

DIY: Disabling Intel ME 'Backdoor' on your Computer

Determining the Intel ME Status of Your Computer

DEF CON 26 HARDWARE HACKING VILLAGE - Brian Milliron - Disabling Intel ME in Firmware