When plugged into any device, The USB Killer, 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.
The device, marketed as a testing tool for administrators looking to protect their systems, sells for 49.95 Euros, or around $56 dollars. You can but it here .
Finally available! The USB Killer is a CE Approved testing device designed to test the surge protection circuitry of electronics to their limits – and beyond.
When plugged into a device, the USB Killer rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power lines. When the device is charged, -200VDC is discharged over the data lines of the host device. This charge/discharge cycle is repeated many times per second, until the USB Killer is removed.
Simply put: used on unprotected equipment, the USB Killer instantly and permanently disables unprotected hardware.
Its compact size and flash-drive style housing makes it an important device in every pen-tester’s toolkit.
The device is often paired with the USB Killer Protection Shield, which allows for testing of the USB Killer itself, without damaging the host device.