Saturday, 18 March 2017

Remember the pendrive killer? Now comes back with new power to 'fry' cars, smartphones, consoles and more

Remember the pendrive killer? Now comes back with new power to 'fry' cars, smartphones, consoles and more

Would you use a USB stick that you will find on the street? The answer might be clear to many of us, yet we are not the whole world and that means there is a security risk out there . This has made some people look to exploit this vulnerability and even go a step further by creating tools capable of not only infecting devices but also destroying them.

Such is the case of USB Kill, the so-called 'pendrive killer' we met in 2015 and last year presented a cheaper version . Today USB Kill is coming to version 3.0 , and that means new power with which it is able to destroy not only computers, but almost any device with a USB port, including those with microUSB, USB-C, and even Apple Lightning.

New microUSB, USB-C and Lightning adapters
For those who do not remember, USB Kill is a dangerous tool disguised as a pendrive, which when connected to a USB port is able to charge its capacitors and then release an electric shock that fry the port and damages the device.

This version 3.0 of USB Kill comes with higher voltage, between 4.5 and 5.5 VDC, and a 215 VDC output, so it is capable of emitting between 8 and 12 downloads per second, thus ending with the life of computers, ATMs, televisions, consoles, hard drives, smartphones, and even cars.

Usb Kill Adapter Kit
Those responsible for USB Kill have also released a kit of adapters to use this 'pendrive' in a new range of products, those with microUSB or USB-C interface. But in addition, the kit includes an adapter for port Lightning, so we can fry iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

El USB Kill 3.0 mantiene su precio de 49,95 dólares, mientras que el kit de adaptadores tiene un precio de 14,99 dólares. Adicional a esto, esta tercera versión de USB Kill también está disponible en una versión que han llamado 'Anonymous Edition', la cual tiene el aspecto de un pendrive común y corriente, con lo que, en teoría, será más sencillo acabar con la víctima.

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