Wolfe's Den: Intel Mauls Malware with Hardware Security
OK, so we've just stipulated that hardware-based security is an essential tool in fending off the rising tide of malware. Think cybercriminals in shady Eastern European outposts, wreaking random havoc like the aimless assassins in Taken 2. Of course, such gangs are amateurs compared with government actors -- Stuxnet, anyone?
So we have multiple reasons that hardware-based security is ascendant. Having strong engineering legs in both process and security camps, Intel is perhaps the leader in advancing this approach.
Hardware security is good when its anonymous and can be disabled or removed by the user at will. Hardware security that can't be disabled or removed can also be used to abuse individual privacy rights by tracking, monitoring and surveilling individual users and their behavior. So far the technology industry has a poor record observing privacy rights and have used "improved security" as a Trojan Horse to capture and sell-off individual user data. The Silicon Valley euphemism for stealing personal data is "improving the user experience".
Intel must be very careful how it implements security, especially in CPU's that cannot be removed. Intel went down this path before and felt the force of public wrath. They should not do it again.