Monday, November 09, 2015

Russian USB Stick Destroys Computers

Killer USB Sticks

(Moscow, Russia)
A simple USB stick, created by a Russian security researcher known as 'Dark Purple' can instantly fry any machine it plugs into, including your laptop or TV.

In the short video posted by the hackers, the USB is shown in action - all it takes is plugging it into the hacker's IBM laptop, and it completely kills the machine within seconds.

After the laptop turns off, the demonstrator in the video tries repeatedly to turn it back on but it seems that the USB has blown its circuitry in the process.

The USB destroys laptops by sending 220 volts through the signal lines of the USB interface, rendering anything it is plugging into useless.
There is more information at the link.

1 comment:

Wireless.Phil said...

I read this before, but it doesn't explain where it gets the 220 volts or why the USB didn't melt and/or catch fire?

Can't be getting it from the mains, there's no connection there.
And with laptops and new monitors, there is no need for that kind of voltage with LED screens. No flyback transformer into the picture tube either, the flyback puts out several thousand volts and it's a nasty burn if you don't know what you're doing and get zapped.


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