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4/18/2019
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Former Student Admits to USB Killer Attack

An Indian national used device to attack computers and peripherals at a New York college.

A former student at the College of St. Rose pleaded guilty this week to a February computer attack that destroyed $51,109 worth of computer and peripheral equipment and cost the New York college $7,362 in employee time spent in investigation and remediation. The attack vector was the USB port found in all of the computers, monitors, and computer-enhanced podiums hit in the attack.

Vishwanath Akuthota, a 27-year-old Indian national, shot video of himself during part of the campaign in which he used a USB killer — a USB stick that contains a capacitor that stores electricity then rapidly discharges it into a USB port, damaging or destroying the host computer.

Akuthota, a 2017 MBA graduate of the college, was arrested in February and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 12.

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4/22/2020 | 3:26:12 PM
USB Killer
The threat is real. The only question is what if he or someone else had inserted this into a server or industrial robot or some key sensor/monitor system. The damage could be local or widespread. What protection do systems have for such indiscriminate attacks? We are working to minimize this threat.
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RyanSepe,
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4/18/2019 | 3:29:30 PM
Not advocating for property damage....
Not advocating for property damage, but you would think that some that has an MBA would be bright enough to instead drop several of the USB devices near the library or computer lab. Students and professors unbeknowns would plug these in without a second thought. Just playing devils advocate. Maybe they wanted to be apprehended.

 
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