8 November 2013
Intel Secret Underground Laboratory
> It has been about 31 years since I worked at Intel; at the time they
> developing the first DRAMs with 'redundancy': The ability to swap
> 'rows' and 'columns', or potentially blocks, of storage elements. This
> done to be able to drastically increase the yield of such chips:
> programs were written to identify errors (single bits; bad rows;
> columns; bad blocks) and swap out with 'invisible' rows/columns/blocks
> others. Presumably, modern flash ROM has long used similar abilities.
> that is the case, there is some kind of ordinarily-invisible storage
> (blocks, most likely) in those flash-drives. Such areas were
> 'activated' (made to appear/disappear) by out-of-spec voltages (above
> volts), but it's possible also that reading or 'writing' combinations
> pre-specified data would also do this. It's been too long for me to
> detailed assistance, but I can well imagine that 'they' are taking
> of such 'features'.
Intel would be a strange beast for you today J.
There's a secret underground facility in Oregon (perhaps Cali too) for
classified intelligence work. some small fraction of Intel employees even
know it exists.
There they sequester CPU vulnerability research of sufficient implication.
There they sequester hardware level exploitation research of sufficient
implication. There they work on TS/SCI compartmented projects for USGOV.
To the east, power (and interesting perimeter controls)
To the west, underground TS facilities accessed via underground
tunnel under parking to main complex.