Man Sentenced For Damaging College Of St. Rose Computers

Vishwanath Akuthota, age 27, of Albany, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in prison, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, for intentionally damaging computer equipment owned by The College of St. Rose. Akuthota was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $58,471. He admitted that on February 14, 2019, he inserted a “USB Killer” device into 66 computers which sends a command causing the computer’s on-board capacitors to rapidly charge and then discharge repeatedly, thereby overloading and physically destroying the computer’s USB port and electrical system.

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Aug. 14, 2019 2:14 AM CST
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