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Indian Student Sentenced Jail in US for Damaging College Computers

A US Court has sentenced an Indian student 12 months in prison for deliberately damaging college computers in New York.

On Tuesday, the United States Attorney Grant C Jaquith said that 27-year-old Vishwanath Akuthota of Albany was ordered to pay USD 58,471 as restitution charge.

Akuthota, who has pleaded guilty, admitted that on 14th February, he inserted a ‘USB Killer’ device into 66 computers, computer-enhanced podiums and numerous computer monitors, owned by the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

When the device was inserted into a computer’s USB port, it sends a command causing onboard capacitors of the computer to speedily charge and then discharges repeatedly, his plea document reads.

After which, it overloads and physically destroys the USB and electrical system, added the plea.

Akuthota was born and brought up in India and is currently living in the United States.

The Indian student is residing in the US on a student visa and now is in custody since his arrest on February 22 in North Carolina.

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