You Can Now Buy a USB Stick That Destroys Any Computer

Called USB Kill and about the size of a ticket stub, the device “rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power line,” and then discharges that power all at once to “instantly and permanently disable unprotected hardware,” according to the Hong Kong-based manufacturer.

They are available for the equivalent of $56, although the manufacturer is already “temporarily out of stock,” meaning penetration testers and hackers—and people who genuinely like to break stuff—are picking them up like hotcakes.

Source: http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2016/09/you-can-now-buy-usb-stick-destroys-any-computer/131411


Photo via USBKill

Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. After 39 months of deployment time to Iraq and Afghanistan, he's now the conflict and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

2 Comments

  1. Being that I am on the abacus side of tech this is a great heads up, thanks Sam. I will resort to defense in depth.
    Some kind of “taste-tester”. Something cheap, maybe raspberry flavored or a home made pi.

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