USB Killer: A device that can destroy a PC in seconds

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 12, 2016, 12:02 pm IST
Updated Sep 12, 2016, 12:02 pm IST
A Hong Kong based manufacturer, USB Kill, recently developed a device that can annihilate any modern device there is.
The thumb drive named USB Kill 2.0 is a testing device created to test USB ports against power surge attacks.
 The thumb drive named USB Kill 2.0 is a testing device created to test USB ports against power surge attacks.

The USB Killer is not a toy. Created by a manufacturer based in Hong Kong, USB Kill, it is thumb drive that destroys the physical components of any modern device that it is plugged into.

The thumb drive named USB Kill 2.0 is a testing device created to test USB ports against power surge attacks. How it works? It simply collects power from the USB power lines until it reaches a certain voltage (240V). Following which it discharges the stored voltage into the USB data lines. This cycle is rapid and repeated till the device can no longer discharge or in other words, the circuit of the machine is broken or destroyed.  

 

This device may come across as something that a villain from perhaps, a James Bond movie may use. However, the device is not created for evil purposes. According to the tests conducted by USB Kill, over 95 per cent of the devices are affected by a USB power surge attack. In fact, majority of these consumer-level hardware have failed when tested against the USB Kill. Hence, in order to protect the devices against malicious attacks, something like the USB Kill 2.0 is required that can quickly detect how exposed the USB ports are and ensure that the systems are well protected against electrical attacks.

Unfortunately, despite the increasing prominence USB Kill 2.0 has gained in the recent past, not many companies have taken that much interest in the same.

“To this day, according to our testing, the only company that releases hardware protected against a USB power-surge attack is Apple, on their Laptop and Desktop ranges. This means - despite adequate warning, and time to respond - the majority of consumer-level hardware manufacturers choose not to protect their customer's devices. We are disheartened by this lack of respect for customers,” said the organization.

The device is available on the company’s official website at 49,95 € (approximately 3,759 rupees).

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