Death By Data: The USB That Could Kill Your PC

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Do you know where your USB has been? You may want to think twice about plugging in a USB whose origins you can’t account for: A company in Hong Kong has developed a USB drive that can fry your computer!

It’s the ultimate Trojan horse for hackers and vandals. On the outside, the USB Kill 2.0 looks like any other USB device. Once it gets inserted into a USB port, it’s true nature is quickly revealed. It collects power from the USB power lines, absorbing energy from 5V and 1-3A lines, until it reaches ~240V. When it hits that voltage, it discharges the stored energy into the USB data lines. The USB Kill does this charge/discharge cycle multiple times per sound, and will continue to wreak havoc on your computer until the device breaks the circuit in its host machine.

Most modern computers are very vulnerable to these energy surges. The USB Kill’s rapid discharging can cause severe damage to hard drives and destroy your SoC (System On Chip, the heart and brain of your machine). While many modern motherboards include overcurrent protection, this usually protects them against positive voltage which can leave them extremely vulnerable to USB Kills with negative voltage.

According to the creators of this computer killer, the USB Kill was developed as a testing device to see how USB ports can hold up against power surge attacks. They strongly condemn using the USB Kill for malicious purposes. That being said: The early production runs for the USB Kill have already sold out! The demand for these devices is great, so great that the company also plans to sell a USB Kill Tester Shield. They claim that this device will prevent the USB Kill from functioning, and that it will also protect user data from intrusion or snooping when it’s connected to other devices or unknown charging stations.


Now here’s the good news: The odds of you ever stumbling across or falling victim to a USB Kill are very slim. Just one USB Kill costs around $56! Their high cost plus their overseas-only availability makes it highly unlikely that they’ll ever get widely circulated. And do you know what the greatest defense against USB Kill is? Common sense. So long as you aren’t plugging in random USBs you’ve found on the street into your computer (which you probably shouldn’t be doing, anyway), you should be fine.


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ADATA Launches Military Grade USB 3.0 Hard Drive

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adata-hd710a-hard-driveNo, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. On Wednesday, April 1st, ADATA launched the new HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant USB 3.0 External Hard Drive. ADATA’s HD710A is an ultra-durable external hard drive designed especially for Macbook. It comes with large storage capacities of 1TB or 2TB, provides superior data transfer speeds, and also undergoes stringent tests for waterproofing, dustproofing and shock resistance. The HD710A is the ultimate in portable protection for your data!

Military Rugged, Reliable, Better Than Ever
Designed especially for active users of Apple Macintosh platforms, the HD710A provides rugged protection from shock, dust and water. The triple-layer construction of the HD710A incorporates exceptionally elastic silicone material to provide great shock absorption from all angles. By passing the MIL-STD-810G 516.6 military-grade shock-resistant test, the HD710A ensures your data’s safety even after unexpectedly suffering a shock.

It has also passed the stringent IP68 test, offering excellent water and dust resistant protection. Thanks to the durable design, the HD710A works normally even in a dusty environment or after being submerged in its storage state in meter-deep water for up to 30 minutes. When not in use, the USB cable tucks into a wrap-around exterior slot in the drive casing, providing an elegant storage solution that matches the highly practical characteristics of the device.

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Toshiba Debuts TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive

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Toshiba is a major player in the NAND flash memory market. Recently, they announced a new line of TransMemory® drives that boasts some serious speeds.

With read speeds of 222 MB/s and write speeds of 205 MB/s, the TransMemory drives take full advantage of USB 3.0’s incredible transfer speeds. At this rate, copying large files such as games, music, photos, and system backups will take a lot less time than ever before.

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SanDisk Announces Ultra Dual USB Drive for Android Devices

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As smartphones and tablets are getting amazingly thinner and faster every day, the amount we use these devices is also increasing. That means we’re storing more data on them than ever before.

Every Android device comes with some amount of built-in memory, usually somewhere between 4GB and 16GB. Most phones and tablets have the option to expand their storage capacity with a MicroSD card slot.

However, many newer Android devices – such as Google’s Nexus family of phones – have fixed internal storage only. This can be a problem for power users, who may find themselves running out of space on their mobile devices.

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Imation Introduces 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive for Android Phones

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imation-2-in-1-usb-driveUSB flash drives are a convenient way to transfer information from one computer to another. But what if you need to transfer data from a computer to say, a smartphone? With the announcement of a new 2-in-1 USB flash drive from Imation, it may be time to kiss your USB cables and card readers goodbye.

Unveiled at this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 2-in-1 drive from Imation features a full size USB connector that docks into a Micro USB connector, which is found on nearly all Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

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