USB killer 2.0: Only Macbook Pro and Air protected from new weaponised circuit destroyer? – Express.co.uk

The website selling the device claims it’s main purpose is for testing the surge protection 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,” the description reads.

“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.

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