USB Kill Stick Kills Any Computer In Seconds

September 13, 2016

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This is the USB Killer, a $55 USB stick that kills any computer or device with a USB port that its connected to by "rapidly collecting power from the USB power lines (5V, 1A to 3A) and then discharging over 200 volts of DC power to the host device." It does this repeatedly until the machine dies. Man -- this is way better than the universal remote wristwatch I had in high school.

"In our tests, over 95 percent of devices are affected by a USB power surge attack. Almost all consumer-level hardware fails when tested against the USB Kill. The most frequent outcome is the complete destruction of the device (laptops, tv, telephones, etc). Almost all consumer-level hardware fails when tested against the USB Kill," the developers of the USB Kill say.

Obviously, I just bought one and plan on showing up for work early on Friday and bricking everybody's computers and making this the most casual Friday in the history of casual Fridays, since nobody will be able to work. I have one question though: just how much damage does it do? Because I can almost guarantee if my family decides to use my last words on my tombstone it'll read 'WIPE MY HARD DRIVE.'

Keep going for an explanation of the device and a video demonstration.

Thanks to my buddy d.j., who still kills computers the old fashioned way: with a mace forged by the local blacksmith. Heck yeah, brute force!

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