Company sells €50 USB stick that can be used to kill computers and hardware

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We’ve just posted the following news: Company sells €50 USB stick that can be used to kill computers and hardware[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2016/09/usb-killer-95x75.jpg[/newsimage]

A Hong Kong company sells an USB-stick that can be used to intentionally destroy computers and other hardware connected to the device. The special USB-stick is called USB Killer and according to its developers it’s designed to test the surge protection of electronics.

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#2

according to its developers it’s designed to test the surge protection of electronics
Sure it is. What other uses could there possible be?!


#3

It could just be a scam and just wipe out the boot sector of the OS.


#4

Company sells €50 USB stick that can be used to kill computers and hardware

I’ll pass.


#5

$5 US will get you a pretty decent hammer.


#6

[QUOTE=CDan;2780625]$5 US will get you a pretty decent hammer.[/QUOTE]

To test the case and its impact protection, I guess.


#7

just GREAT! now any usb hardware can be destroyed by scum with access to things such as display laptops, library computers, kiosks with usb ports, charger ports, etc. this will end up making places with computer port access have a camera to see who is damaging the equipment while violating everyone else’s privacy

this company selling this is scum… sell one product to damage people’s equipment, sell another to protect it… seems highly unethical. how many people would go and build their own usb port sabotaging device instead of buy this product to wreak havoc?


#8

The device has legitimate use, but it has malicious potential just like say Bustrace which I guess can be used to send a malicious command sequence to equipment. The trouble here is that it is only necessary to plug it in, requires no knowledge and the prize of course which makes it within reach for most any scumbag out there :rolleyes:


#9

Wow. A taser with an usb connector.

What’s next. A taser with an hdmi connector?


#10

I don’t need to spend €49.95 to destroy a USB port. I once spend $10 on an external USB 2.0 hub (with it’s own power adaptor), which malfunctioned and ruined the port it was plugged into. To this day, if I boot up the machine, an “unknown device” can be detected even when nothing is plugged in. (the same machine has since developed CPU heating issues and a bad RAM card. It’s too old to be worth fixing on my tiny budget.)