Hackers are destroying everything from the latest gaming systems, phones, and even cars with a dangerous circuit-frying USB device that could put critical systems at risk.
The opportunity for serious harm extends far beyond wasting high end consumer products. USBKill's Russian creator, a chap known as "Dark_Purple" says unnamed car manufacturers have purchased his product to evaluate the susceptibility of vehicle USB ports.
The hardware hacker plugged USBKill into his own car of unspecified make and model, frying the dashboard head unit.
Chris Gatford, director of Sydney-based penetration testing firm HackLabs, says the threat posed by the devices is unlimited.
"USB ports are everywhere - in cars, in power sockets, in charging stations," Gatford says.
"And in planes."