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Taking another angle: What if the computer's owner wants to use it to access her computer remotely? Are there some instructions how to do this? Is it feasible?

If not, then there seems little justification to have a relatively new feature like this turned on by default. Who is this feature really for? If it's not for all users then why is activation mandatory in CPUs after Core2?

I mean, if ME has to be active, then the computer's owner should be able to use it, right?

It's marketed as Intel vPro. Pricing is probably typical enterprise level. This page has more details: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-tech...

Intel vPro page is way more scarer than the OP article :)


Enterprise console software is likely needed to interface with the chip. And this software is probably priced like most enterprise software.

I think it is intended for enterprises to enable.

If that's the case and enterprises ARE using it - why isn't it more widely known about? Even if the enterprise signs an NDA - I find it surprising that it hasn;t leaked given the security implications.

AFAIK Intel AMT is documented and has been since it was introduced in 2006.

It is intended for the "Intel defined enterprises" to be more precise. Ordinary Joe cannot declare him/her to be an enterprise and do so, unless he/she is willing to pay the Intel "thugs" an inordinate amount upfront.

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