(CBC) A Russian researcher has developed a prototype device that can completely destroy a computer's motherboard and circuitry, and all it needs is an unsuspecting user to insert it into a USB port.
The USB Killer 2.0 looks like any other USB flash drive, but connecting it to a computer discharges a negative 220-volt charge, frying the port and potentially the entire motherboard, turning your computer into an expensive brick.
A blog post by a researcher who goes by the name Dark Purple writes that the device can potentially damage any device with a working USB port. The writer specifically mentions televisions, routers, modems, and smart phones connected to a USB on-the-go cable as potential victims.
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