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Student used ‘usb killer’ device to destroy $58,000 worth of college computers

07:17, 08/04/2021

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A former student of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, Thành Phố New York, has pled guilty khổng lồ charges that he destroyed tens of thousands of dollars worth of campus computers using a USB device designed lớn instantly overwhelm and fry their circuitry. The plea was announced Tuesday by the Department of Justice, FBI, and Albany Police Department.

Vishwanath Akuthota, the former student, now faces up to 10 years in prison (with up to three years of supervision after release) và a fine totaling up lớn $250,000. He was arrested và taken into lớn custody in North Carolina on February 22nd, just over a week after he went on a spree of inserting the “USB Killer” device into 66 of Saint Rose’s computers around various locations on campus. Such devices can be easily and freely purchased online và can overload the surge protection in many PCs.

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Akuthota, 27, apparently made video clip recordings of himself inserting the malicious USB device inkhổng lồ the computers and said “I’m going lớn kill this guy” as the PCs were overloaded and permanently ruined. So it’s fair lớn say the FBI and APD had all the evidence they needed. In total, Akuthota caused $58,471 worth of damage. As part of his guilty plea, he has agreed to pay bachồng that amount khổng lồ the college, a small private school in New York’s capital city. The Verge reached out lớn The College of Saint Rose for a statement on today’s news, but a spokesperson said the college had been asked by law enforcement khổng lồ refrain from commenting.

Akuthota is a citizen of India who is in the US on a visa, having earned a master’s degree in business from Saint Rose in 2017. According to lớn Albany’s Times Union, he had also pursued a computer information systems degree. Akuthota appeared in one of the college’s videos on Facebook in 2016, saying he ultimately hoped to become an entrepreneur. When asked why he had chosen Saint Rose for his degree, he said, “I see there are lots of opportunity in the college which will prepare you for the better future, where I can learn and apply in my life.” The original complaint against Akuthota didn’t reveal any motive for his actions.

Personal aside: The College of Saint Rose is my alma mater. I know you’ve probably never heard of it, and I can"t imagine I’ll ever be writing about it again here at The Verge, so allow me to lớn say hello to lớn students working on the school newspaper, The Chronicle, và my old journalism professor, Dr. Cailin Brown.

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