If you have a computer where you keep very sensitive data and you would prefer it to be completely erased before it falls into the wrong hands, there is a cable that does exactly that: it blocks, deactivates and even deletes the data on your computer at the moment of disconnection.
The cable in question is called BusKill and connects via a USB port to a Windows, Apple, or Linux computer. That cable is hooked to the user – for example, on the belt itself – so that when the person physically separates from the computer, the cable is disconnected and the equipment is locked.
Its creators say that BusKill was designed with journalists, activists and other professionals who work with sensitive or top-secret information in mind, which can be the victim of attacks or theft. With this cable, they can protect their documents in the event of a misfortune.
Michael Altfield, designer of BusKill, explained to TechCrunch The idea is that a system of this type should be available to people who do not use Linux or have the necessary expertise to protect their computers through the use of command lines that are more typical of said operating system.
BusKill works hand in hand with a simple application that allows you to activate or deactivate the device once it is connected to the computer. Obviously, when armed, any disconnection will lock the computer and may even erase the data currently in RAM, as well as remove encryption keys.
A relevant detail is that the effects of BusKill when disconnecting do not involve the hardware; therefore the computer nor its components will be fried or anything like that, as seen in the movies of Mission: Impossible. BusKill only affects the data stored at the moment, so once the disconnection has occurred by accident, it is only a matter of turning the equipment back on and ready.
BusKill can be purchased from now, for a price of $ 59 dollars, which seems quite convenient considering the protection it offers.