Oh, It’s On Sale! USB Kill to Destroy any Computer within Seconds

Oh, It's On Sale! USB Kill to Destroy any Computer within Seconds

A proof-of-concept USB prototype that was designed by a Russian researcher, Dark Purple, last year, to effectively destroy sensitive components of a computer when plugged in.

Now, someone has actually created the Killer USB stick that destroys almost anything – such as Laptops, PCs, or televisions – it is plugged into.

A Hong Kong-based technology manufacturer is selling a USB thumb drive called USB Kill 2.0 that can fry any unauthorized computer it’s plugged into by introducing a power surge via the USB port. It costs $49.95.

How does USB Kill 2.0 work?

The USB stick discharges 200 volts DC power over the data lines of the host machine and this charge-and-discharge cycle is repeated several numbers of times in just one second, until the USB Kill stick is removed.

“When tested on computers, the device isn’t designed or intended to erase data,” the company says. “However, depending on the hardware configuration (SSD [solid-state drive] vs. platter HDD [hard disk drive]), the drive controllers may be damaged to the point that data retrieval is impractical.”

“Any public facing USB port should be considered an attack vector,” the company says in a news release. “In data security, these ports are often locked down to prevent exfiltration of data or infiltration of malware, but are very often unprotected against electrical attack.”

When And For Whom USB KILL Would Be Useful?

It is like, if you’re caught, kill yourself. In the same fashion as terrorists do. Here I mean to kill the data from your laptop if the law enforcement has caught your laptop. And USB Kill stick does the same for you.

However, the company claims to have developed USB Kill 2.0 stick for the sole purpose of allowing companies to test their devices against USB Power Surge attacks and to prevent data theft via “Juice Jacking” attacks.

Video Demonstration

However, the only devices not vulnerable to USB kill attacks are recent models of Apple’s MacBook, which optically isolate the data lines on USB ports.

Juice jacking is a type of cyber attack wherein malware installed on a computer can surreptitiously copy data from a smartphone, tablet or other computers using a USB charging port that doubles as a data connection, typically over USB.

While USB Kill 2.0 has been “designed and tested to be safe,” the company warns that the USB stick “is a high-voltage device” and is only meant for “responsible adults.” Also, the company’s website “strongly condemns the malicious use of its products.”

USB Kill 2.0 also comes with a USB Protection Shield, called Test Shield, sold for additional $15.70, which is designed to allow testing of the USB Killer stick without destroying the host machine.

Source: THN

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Oh, It's On Sale! USB Kill to Destroy any Computer within Seconds
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