Items tagged with: Intel
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19678498
Posted by ItsTotallyOn (karma: 131)
Post stats: Points: 125 - Comments: 61 - 2019-04-17T00:10:53Z
#HackerNews #exiting #intel #modems
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Security researchers have discovered a previously unknown feature in the Intel chipsets, which could allow an attacker to intercept data from the computer memory.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19535059
Posted by DennisP (karma: 8697)
Post stats: Points: 122 - Comments: 51 - 2019-03-31T11:34:13Z
#HackerNews #access #computers #data #entire #exploit #gives #intel #researchers #show #visa
Gaurav Shukla, 29 March 2019
Intel VISA Exploit Gives Access to Computer’s Entire Data, Researchers Show
Intel VISA is said to be a utility that is bundled by the chipmaker for testing
Security researchers have discovered a previously unknown feature in the Intel chipsets, which could allow an attacker to intercept data from the computer memory. The feature called Intel Visualization of Internal Signals Architecture (Intel VISA) is said to be a utility that is bundled by the chipmaker for testing on the manufacturing lines. Although Intel doesnʼt publicly disclose the existence of Intel VISA and is extremely secretive about it, the researchers were able to find several ways to enable the feature on the Intel chipsets and capture the data from the CPU.
As a per presentation made by the researchers Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy of Positive Technologies at the ongoing Blackhat Asia 2019 conference in Singapore, their exploits of the Intel chipsets donʼt require any hardware modifications or special equipment. One of the techniques shared by the researchers involved vulnerabilities detailed in Intel-SA-00086 advisory that give access to Intel Management Engine (Intel ME), in turn helping enable VISA. Access to Intel VISA makes the computerʼs entire data vulnerable and obtainable for the attacker.
Intel underplayed the exploit and told ZDNet that the VISA issue requires physical access to the machines and the Intel-SA-00086 vulnerabilities have already been mitigated. The researchers however disagreed with Intelʼs comments and reportedly said in an online discussion that the patched Intel firmware can be downgraded using Intel ME, making the chipset vulnerable and opening the door for accessing Intel VISA.
Mark Ermolov also noted that the vulnerabilities detailed in Intel-SA-00086 are just one of the ways to access VISA, and there are other methods as well, including Orange Mystery and Intel JTAG password. The technical details of these exploits can be found in the presentation slides shared on Blackhat Asia website.
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Further reading: Intel, Intel Visualization of Internal Signals Architecture, Intel VISA, Intel ME, Intel Management Engine
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These appear to be the chipmaker's largest cuts since 2016.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19524434
Posted by mykowebhn (karma: 1115)
Post stats: Points: 128 - Comments: 48 - 2019-03-29T18:50:19Z
#HackerNews #administrators #hundreds #intel #lays #off #tech
Intel laid off a substantial number of information technology workers at sites across the company this week, according to multiple sources inside the company.
The layoffs numbered in the hundreds, according to people with direct knowledge of the cuts who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about their employer.
Intel confirmed the layoffs but declined to specify how many people lost their jobs or describe the rationale for the cutbacks.
“Changes in our workforce are driven by the needs and priorities of our business, which we continually evaluate. We are committed to treating all impacted employees with professionalism and respect,” Intel said in a brief statement acknowledging the cuts to The Oregonian/OregonLive.
The cuts took place at sites across the company, including Oregon, Intel’s largest site with 20,000 workers. A person with direct knowledge of the cuts said the Oregon layoffs were in proportion to those elsewhere.
Cuts also took place at other Intel facilities in the United States and at a large administrative facility in Costa Rica, according to people familiar with the layoffs.
Though Intel forecasts flat sales in 2019, people inside the company said this week’s layoffs don’t appear to be strictly a cost-cutting move. Rather, they said the cuts appeared to reflect a broad change in the way Intel is approaching its internal technical systems.
Intel has previously used several information technology contractors. An internal memo obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive said Intel will now consolidate operations under a single contractor, the Indian technology giant Infosys.
With fewer contractors Intel needs fewer managers overseeing those people, according to one person privy to Intel’s rationale for the change.
Information technology (IT) professionals don’t usually develop new technology but they play an essential role in managing a company’s internal systems. Their work is particularly important at tech companies such as Intel, which depend on IT workers to keep systems secure and running smoothly.
This week’s layoffs are among Intel’s biggest cutbacks since 2016, when the company eliminated 15,000 jobs across the company through layoffs, buyouts and early retirement offers. Intel had 107,400 employees around the world at the end of 2018.
At that time Intel was bracing itself for long-term decline in its core business, microprocessors for PCs and laptops. The company has since transitioned to rely on new markets, most prominently data centers.
Intel is also preparing for a big shift in its manufacturing technology and is preparing to build new, multibillion-dollar factories in Oregon, Ireland and Israel. Intel is planning for 1,750 new Oregon jobs in the next few years as it builds the third phase of its massive Hillsboro research factory called D1X.
Intel shares were trading up 1.1 percent Friday at $53.70, in line with broader market gains. The stock is near its highest point since the dot-com era.
This article has been updated with additional information about the cutbacks, and with Intel’s closing stock price.
-- Mike Rogoway | twitter: @rogoway | 503-294-7699
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