A USB kill cord for your laptop

Jan 06, 2023

Project update 20 of 27

Warrant Canary #005

by Michael Altfield

The BusKill Team just published our cryptographically signed Warrant Canary #005.

Although security is one of our top priorities, we might not be able to inform you of of a breach if we are served with a secret, state-issued subpoena (also known as a "gag order"). The BusKill team publishes cryptographically signed warrant canaries on a biannual basis to indicate to our users the integrity of our systems.

Development Progress

Since our release of BusKill v0.6.0 a few months ago, we’ve been hard at work upgrading our BusKill GUI app to include a settings screen and a configuration file to persist configuration changes between runs.

Our next release will allow users to switch between a lockscreen trigger (immediately locking your screen when the BusKill cable’s connection to the computer is severed) and a softshutdown trigger (initiating an OS shutdown) directly in the GUI on all 3 platforms: Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Debian Package

We’re happy to announce that we’ve been working with Debian to prepare a ‘buskill’ package, which was submitted for review by Francois Marier on January 01, 2023.

Many of our customers have requested the ability to install BusKill directly in their Linux distro’s package manager, and we’re happy to announce this important milestone towards that end. If accepted, the BusKill app should make it into the next Debian 12 release (bookworm), and it should then be available on Debian-based distros such as Ubuntu, Mint, Whonix, PureOS, Kali, Knoppix, etc.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to a better and brighter 2023. The past years have been hard on everyone, but we’re eternally grateful for all our backers who helped bring BusKill to market in 2022. Thank you!

We look forward to continuing to improve the BusKill software and making BusKill more accessible this year. If you want to help, please consider purchasing a BusKill cable for yourself or a loved one. It helps us fund further development, and you get your own BusKill cable to keep you or your loved ones safe.

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