“USB Killer Device” Causes Over $50,000 in Damage to Saint Rose College Student Computers

Former College of Saint Rose student, Vishwanath Akuthota, 26, has been charged with damaging over 50 student computers.

Akuthoa is an Indian citizen currently residing in the United States on a student visa. On February 22 he was arrested on suspicion of using a “USB killer device” to send a rapid series of power surges into a computer’s hardware thus rendering it inoperable. The killer device resembles an ordinary USB memory stick and has caused over $50,000 in damages. 

If convicted Akuthoa faces up to ten years in prison as well as a fine of $250,000 and a term of supervised release for up to 3 years.