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Indian Grad Student used ‘USB Killer’ Device to Destroy 66 Computers at Upstate NY College

ALBANY, N.Y. – A 27-year-old man admits he used a device called a “USB killer” to destroy dozens of computers at the upstate New York college where he earned a master’s degree in business in 2017.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 27-year-old Vishwanath Akuthota pleaded guilty April 16 to causing more than $58,000 in damage to computers at Albany’s College of Saint Rose. He agreed to pay that amount in restitution.

Prosecutors say Akuthota entered several locations on campus in February and inserted a device into USB ports that destroyed electrical systems in 66 computers and numerous monitors. Prosecutors offered no motive.

Prosecutors say Akuthota is a citizen of India living in the U.S. on a student visa. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in August.

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