Sunday September 11, 2016

Weaponized USB Stick Now For Sale

Feeling devilish? For $56, you can get a device that supposedly destroys anything with a USB port. The photo posted is actually the tester/shield; I think it looks cooler than the kill stick itself.

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Once a proof-of-concept, the pocket-sized USB stick now fits in any security tester's repertoire of tools and hacks, says the Hong Kong-based company that developed it. It works like this: when the USB Kill stick is plugged in, it rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power supply, and then discharges -- all in the matter of seconds. On unprotected equipment, the device's makers say it will "instantly and permanently disable unprotected hardware". You might be forgiven for thinking, "Well, why exactly?"