Tech Tip: Beware of Unknown USBs

There is a new USB device on the market, known as USB Kill, that can destroy almost anything it is plugged into whether it be a computer or TV (depending on configuration). The device works by charging capacitors in the USB device and sending a surge into the board once it reaches a peak level essential causing costly damage to the device. The damage the device can cause is from burning out the USB port to costly board damage and possible hard drive damage. This device works at a hardware level and works almost instantly, so training to only use known and trusted USB devices is the only prevention, because no software can protect your system from this device. SDS urges not to plug any unknown USB device into your systems, not only because they can contain viruses but can cause costly damage to the system as well.