BusKill

A USB kill cord for your laptop

Jun 20, 2023

Project update 22 of 27

Warrant Canary 006 -- Hardware and Software Dev News

by Michael Altfield

The BusKill Team has just published our cryptographically signed Warrant Canary #006.

Although security is one of our top priorities, we might not be able to inform you 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

We’re almost finished 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 soft shutdown trigger (initiating an OS shutdown) directly in the GUI on all three platforms: Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Debian Package

We’re happy to announce our proposed BusKill Debian Package has been accepted by Debian and will be available in Debian 12 (Bookworm), which will be released later this month!!

By the end of this year, you should be able to install BusKill directly from apt-get on Debian-based distros such as Ubuntu, Mint, Whonix, PureOS, Kali, Knoppix, etc.

Hardware

We’re happy to announce we just finished our second production run of BusKill cables! We have also made good progress on our 3D-printable BusKill Cable prototype.

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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