Doug Bedell — September 12, 2016, 6:43 pm

Another Security Threat: USB ‘Kill Sticks’

Security isn’t only required at fence lines and entryways, it also can be challenged by a device that fits easily into one’s pocket – a USB kill stick. Bruce Schneier sounds the alarm on the kill stick device, developed by a Hong Kong company.

“It works like this:,” Schneier explains, “when the USB Kill stick is plugged in, it rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power supply, and then discharges — all in the matter of seconds.” The jolt can wipe out any device with a USB port – a computer, a copy machine or an airline entertainment system. Use your imagination. Trouble is, bad guys probably will.

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