Telangana student fined $250,000, gets 10-year in jail for damaging computers in New York

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HYDERABAD: Vishwanath Akuthota, an Indian from Telangana, faces a maxim-um of 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 as he has pleaded guilty to charges against him in Albany, New York, of damaging computers at the College of St Rose, Albany, New York from where he got his MBA degree.
Viswanath Akuthota had graduated from the college in 2017. On February 14, 2019, he entered the college without authorisation and inserted a “USB killer” device he purchased online into the USB data ports of 59 Microsoft computer workstations and seven Apple iMac comp-uter workstations owned by the college and numerous monitors and digital podiu-ms containing USB data ports.

According to a court document filed in the United States District court for the northern district of New York, he was charged under federal rules of criminal procedure for the crime that he committed.

Viswanath used his iPhone and recorded himself and made statements including “I’m going to kill this guy” and then inserting the “USB killer” device into a USB port. After destroying the host device, he said “It’s dead” and in another instance “It’s gone. Boom.”

As a result of this, the college sustained a monetary loss of $5,000 within a year. “Specifically, in 2019, the college spent $51,109 to replace the destroyed computer hardware and no less than $7,362 in employee time investigation, repairing and replacing the hardware,” the court document said.
After his arrest, police seized the USB killer device from him on February 22.


Author: Ayaan