Student used "USB Killer" device to destroy $58,000 worth of college computers

A former student at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, pleaded guilty to charges that he destroyed tens of thousands of dollars on campus computers using a USB device designed to instantly overwhelm and fry his circuits. The statement was announced today by the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Albany Police Department.

Vishwanath Akuthota, the former student, now faces up to 10 years in prison (with up to three years of supervision after his release) and a fine totaling up to $ 250,000. He was arrested and taken into custody in North Carolina on February 22, just over a week after he started a series of tasks to insert the "USB Killer" device into 66 Saint Rose computers in different locations on the campus. These devices can be purchased online easily and free of charge and can overload surge protection on many PCs.

Akuthota, 27, apparently made video recordings of himself inserting the malicious USB device into the computers and said "I'm going to kill this guy" as they were PC Overloaded and ruined permanently. So it's fair to say that the FBI and the APD had all the evidence they needed. In total, Akuthota caused damages worth $ 58,471. As part of his guilty plea, he agreed to pay that amount to the university, a small private school in the capital of New York. The Verge arrived at The College of Saint Rose to request a statement on today's news, but a spokesman said the police had asked the university to refrain from commenting.

Akuthota is a citizen of India who is in the USA. UU With a visa, after having obtained a master's degree in business from Saint Rose in 2017. According to Times Union of Albany, he also searched for computer grade systems information. Akuthota appeared in one of the university's videos on Facebook in 2016, and said that in the end he hoped to become an entrepreneur. When asked why he had chosen Saint Rose for his degree, he said: "I see that there are many opportunities in college that will prepare you for a better future, where I can learn and apply in my life." The original complaint against Akuthota did not reveal any reason for his actions.

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