USB Kill Stick Kills Any Computer In Seconds

September 13, 2016


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!

  • flyppster

    If it can delete hard drives, I want this. At least, delete browsing history. There are days I accidentally click on a XXX link and it opens my browser in normal mode keeping my XXX url in cache!!!

  • Bradical Best

    why.....what ...what is this for?

  • King POTUS

    Fucking up a computer, obviously. Did you not read the article?

  • Steven Rodriguez

    Time to buy a few of these and visit some Apple Stores....

  • bubblestheclownfish

    Laughing at the irony of your post. Macs are unaffected by this.
    From the manufacturer: "Despite publicising USB electrical surges as a possible attack vector more than a year ago, USB Kill says Apple is the only manufacturer that has since built in protections to its laptops."

  • Because destroying stuff is somehow a portal to Heaven?

  • Meh

    "In our tests, over 95 percent of devices are affected by a USB power surge"

    And titel says 'all'. Downer!

    Also stupid people might want to go with bleachbit and a hammer for blackberries.

  • Has no one read the anarchists cookbook? You can totally create an overly complicated disk bomb that will hella destroy any computer, you just need it to still have a 3.5inch floppy disk drive. So... consider almost any computer from the early 90's HAXED!

  • Kaizer Chief

    More like the early 2000s though (Apple once again ahead of the curve in ditching old technology).

  • Ollie Williams

    Anyone know what actually gets fried in the computer? That's what I've wondered since I read about this, but none of the articles or the site itself what will actually fail. For instance, will this damage the motherboard connections, the hard drive, both?

  • Patrick

    Mostly fry your motherboard. but the actual data would still exist.

  • Ollie Williams

    That's what I figured. What they need to release, is a hard drive destruction tool, so that when the FBI raids my house, I have a quick and easy way to cleanse my system of my lesbian dinosaur porn stash. GW knows what I'm laying down.

  • Patrick

    This sounds like a dick move, but It would be amusing to leave some charged dongles laying around a campus around finals week.

  • Bling Nye

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, eeaaasssyyy there Satan.

    Also, you inadvertently (knowingly?) hit upon a very easy means of getting your malware into unsuspecting users' devices. There was an 'experiment' a while back where they dropped a number of USB devices with software that installed itself and reported back on the insertion of the device as well as whether or not a file was also opened. It wasn't malicious, but could be (and is) very easily so. Moral of the story: If you find a USB device on the ground, plug it into someone else's computer, not yours. Lolz

  • Related Protip: If you find a gun and wonder if it's loaded? Shoot someone else, not yourself.

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