The USB Killer exploits a vulnerability manufacturers haven’t bothered fixing.

 

Whatever you do, don’t mistake this USB stick for the one holding your Powerpoint.

When plugged into any device, The USB Killer, released earlier this summer, rapidly draws power from the hardware, then returns that power in an overloading burst. According to the makers, this “instantly and permanently disables unprotected hardware.” Potential targets include not just PCs, but TVs, copy machines—anything with a USB port.

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