Killer USB? ?
I ordered a custom electronics kit from a company I trust, and it works great as per usual. However, I also received an envelope marked with “killer usb, do not use.” I plugged it into an old WinXP e-machine and sure enough, it died immediately. Should I report this?
- Robert JLv 73 months agoFavourite answer
Those are a well-known gimmick.
The safest thing to do with it is to smash it to ensure no one connects it out of curiosity.
[They have a capacitor bank and voltage inverter, that charges the caps to a high voltage using the 5V from the USB socket - and another circuit then connects the high voltage back to the USB pins once it's built high enough, overloading the motherboard protection and causing damage.]
- 3 months ago
@bone alone you say that like the WinXP wasn’t a disposable computer
- Anonymous3 months ago
it definitely happened
- Bone AloneLv 73 months ago
Why did you use it when it said not to use it.
I guess you can complain about sending you the killer usb but ultimately, you’re the one who used it.