Indian student ordered to pay $58,471 and 12 Month Jail for damaging computers of Albany, US college
Akuthota is a citizen of India, residing in the United States on a student visa.
Los Angeles, August 19, 2019
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Vishwanath Akuthota , 27, an Indian student ordered to pay USD 58,471 as restitution charge and 12 month jail. Vishwanath Akuthota admitted and Pleads Guilty that on February 14 he inserted a ‘USB Killer’ device into 66 computers. at The College of St. Rose
On April 16, the announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Chief Eric Hawkins of the Albany Police Department (APD).
The “USB Killer” device, when inserted into a computer’s USB port, 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.
Akuthota admitted that he intentionally destroyed the computers, and recorded himself doing so using his iPhone, including making statements such as “I’m going to kill this guy” before inserting the USB Killer into a computer’s USB port. Akuthota also admitted that his actions caused $58,471 in damage, and has agreed to pay restitution in that amount to the College.
He has been in custody since he was arrested in North Carolina on February 22, 2019.
According to United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino, Akuthota faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years