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This USB Killer is Really a Small Terrorist!

USB Kill Drive

A Hong Kong company has recently developed a device which kills motherboard and destroys PC/laptop within seconds after connecting through USB port! The name of this device is USB Kill Drive (USB Killer) and it discharges computer with 220 negative voltage after connecting to USB. Since this amount of voltage damages motherboard, other parts of computer can’t work anymore too.

USB Kill Drive price is about $50 and it’ll be released to the market soon. Its size and appearance is very similar to normal flash memories. Some experts warn that it can become a serious issue in the future. However, it’s not clear yet who will be customers of this innovation.

Source: motherboard.vice

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Stina
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Stina

This is scary and proves how important it is to take regular back ups of your files. I would hate to lose my computer too. Thanks for making me aware of this!

Jasmine
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Jasmine

That’s insane! It seems like everyday someone is inventing something new to ruin our computers. Thanks for the heads up on this new little destroyer!

Joe
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Joe

Hi Ali,
That’s a spooky little device. Big things come in small packages!
Pretty soon you won’t need a computer just a flash drive.
These will probably be a little too expensive for the common prankster, at least at first.
Great article!
– Joe

Linda Watson
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Linda Watson

Wow! Why would someone want to do this? I guess I can imagine! But thank you for alerting us to this technology as I’ll be very careful of who I and my kids accept USB drives from. Sometimes they are given out like candy for promotions…etc.

Elias
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Elias

That’s nasty. And building such device is very easy, I’m an electronics engineer and I know how to replicate this thing, but why would one want to create such a thing? And who will even buy it? Hah, mind boggling to me.

Maurice Jackson
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Maurice Jackson

This is an interesting thing that I got find and it’s very simple but yet detailed review. Thanks for the heads up.

phil
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phil

So does this mean that if you get sent a USB stick through the post you really should not just see what’s on it ?
Does this mean a counter for this is to short out the pins on the passive device before you stick it in your machine?
So there is a market for a shorting cap for USB sticks?
Who would want this and why?

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