USB Killer

A USB Killer is a device that looks similar to a USB thumb drive that sends high-voltage power surges into the device it is connected to, which can damage hardware components. Its manufacturers claim the device has been designed to test components for protection from power surges and electrostatic discharge; however, there have been several instances of malicious use, and the device is not used for device testing by any major company. The device is often mentioned in articles warning readers against plugging in unknown USB drives.


A USB Killer is a device that looks similar to a USB thumb drive that sends high-voltage power surges into the device it is connected to, which can damage hardware components. Its manufacturers claim the device has been designed to test components for protection from power surges and electrostatic discharge; however, there have been several instances of malicious use, and the device is not used for device testing by any major company. The device is often mentioned in articles warning readers against plugging in unknown USB drives.
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