Chittoor Student Arrested In US For Using Killer Device To Destroy Computers

20 Apr, 2019 19:48 IST|Sakshi
Vishwanath Akuthota

A student who had gone to the US from Chittoor was arrested by the police in the US for destroying over 60 systems in his institution’s campus. The student in question, Vishwanath Akuthota, 27, graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with an MBA in 2017. For reasons as yet undisclosed, the Indian student returned to the Albany campus in February 2019. He carried with him a "USB killer" stick and used it to destroy over 60 computers. The motive for his act of vandalism has not yet been established.

The police found the device that was used by Vishwanath a week later when they arrested him. Designed deceptively to resemble a USB storage device, when inserted into a USB port the killer instrument, which is available on the net, preys on the host system's electronics several times per second destroying computer's USB interface and motherboard chips .

The college estimated the cost of his wanton act of destruction at $51,109 in damages, and it cost it $7,362 to investigate and repair to the extent that it could.

Akuthota's sentencing is scheduled for August 12. The student from Chittoor faces a maximum $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail with three years of probation. He could get away with a lighter sentence in view of his plea bargain.

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