Is the ‘secret’ chip in Intel CPUs really that dangerous?

An article on Boing Boing is stirring up fears that Intel x86 processors have a secret control mechanism that no one is allowed to audit or examine, so consequently, this could expose systems to unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks. 

In an article that is equal parts technical and fear-inducing, Damien Zammit is up front about his goal. He declared he had made it his mission to get Intel to replace this system with a free, open source replacement “before it’s too late.”

+ Also on Network World: Intel declares independence from the PC +

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