What is BusKill?¶
BusKill is the world’s first laptop kill cord–it’s a hardware Dead Man’s Switch that executes some user-configurable
trigger when your machine is physically separated from you.
trigger that’s executed when the cable’s connection is severed can either [a] lock the screen or [b] shutdown the machine.
Advanced users can add
auxiliary triggers, such as a self-destruct trigger that wipes the LUKS header, making the entire disk permanently inaccessible (even to rubber-hose cryptanalysis).
If you purchase a BusKill cable, or use the BusKill App, it will only ship with non-destructive triggers that will not cause data-loss.
BusKill can protect the data stored on your (encrypted) device (and any accounts that you’re currently logged-into) from a snatch-and-run thief.
Who Uses BusKill?¶
There are several use-cases for BusKill. It can be useful for:
The classic use-case for BusKill is to protect a traveler’s devices and accounts when using the device in public, such as a café when taking holiday in Paris or a coworking hot desk when on a business trip in San Francisco.
BusKill can protect a tourist’s bank accounts from a snatch-and-run laptop thief when logged-into online banking.
In many countries, reporting the truth can be a life-threatening occupation.
BusKill can help journalists operating in an oppressive regimes keep their documents and their sources safe when the political police suddenly raid their workplace.
Many oppressive governments and businesses have imprisoned and murdered peaceful protesters.
BusKill can keep an activist’s affinity group safe when the secret police suddenly raid an organizer’s home.
₿ Crypto Traders¶
In the cryptocurrency space, “you are your own bank”.
BusKill can protect the private keys stored on a crypto trader’s machine while trading OTC or on an exchange.
Business has always been the backbone of infosec. Data stored on employee’s laptops (whether private keys or IP) can easily cause millions or billions of dollars in losses to a company.
BusKill can prevent an unlocked computer from ending-up in a competitor’s hands.
BusKill can be a life-saver for intelligence operatives behind enemy lines.