Thursday, 7 May 2015

USBkill Switch From Laptop Theft

A programmer has created a free tool that disables laptops for example if they are stolen or confiscated.The tool is called USBkill and monitor the USB ports. When the status changes, eg a deleted or USB stick connected, the laptop is switched off immediately.

The author gives as an example the case of Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind the drug marketplace Silk Road. The FBI arrested him until he had signed on his laptop. In this way could get the investigative access to the data on the laptop without encryption thwart this. According to the creator of use USBkill investigators a "mouse Jiggler" to prevent the screen saver or sleep mode is activated.

In the case USBkill operates the laptop which will immediately switch off when the device is connected. Another method which advises the programmer is to use a USB stick to a wristband. Once the USB device is connected USBkill should be started. If someone steals the laptop then will come off the stick and USBkill sees a change to the USB port and then switches off the laptop.

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