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Watch out for the USB Stick that Will Kill Your Device

Posted on Oct 22, 2015.

A malicious USB fries your computer when plugged in. ‘Dark Purple’, Russian security researcher created this unassuming, yet lethal USB stick. It punches 220V straight into the motherboard of the unfortunate device, rendering it totally unusable. However, you can replace the motherboard and in theory at least, the device should operate as normal.

The hard drive and other components should be fine, although this is by no means guaranteed. It’s unlikely you’d lose any of your data should you become a victim of this lethal USB stick.

TechWeek Europe discovered the video in which Dark Purple recorded the deadly stick frazzling a Lenovo laptop.

Once plugged in the laptop screen goes blank and Dark Purple tries to turn the machine back on again to no avail.

Fortunatly 'Dark Purple' did not give instructions on how to create such a device and has no any intention of producing the device for the use of others wishing to cause damage. However there is no doubt that this device will be the only one of it's kind.

So how can you protect your tech from a maliciouse USB attack?

Any device with a USB port is potentially at risk. With stuff like this out there you should always be cautious and only use a USB stick where you know the origin of it.

As the old saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

And as if frying your motherboard wasn’t a dangerous enough prospect, an unknown USB stick might always install a back-door instead.

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