X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Self-destructing Laptop Hack: Recovery Impossible

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

Growing up, Hack A Day’s Caleb Kraft loved the James Bond movies. But he didn’t idolize 007. Kraft looked up to the guy who provided Bond with high tech and fortuitously plot-relevant gizmos: the Quartermaster, aka Q. To emulate his idol, Kraft decided to recreate a spy movie staple: a self-destructing gadget. A self-destructing laptop, to be specific.

self-destruct-laptop-thermite-hack-by-hack-a-day

Kraft took out the CD-ROM drive on a laptop and packed it with thermite. Thermite is a very explosive substance that can make short work of the laptop’s hard drive, which of course is the most vital part of the gadget. But because thermite itself is hard to ignite, Kraft made a multi-stage self-destruct mechanism. The first stage is lighting up a model rocket igniter. Kraft says this can be done via the 12v line inside a computer. The model rocket igniter will then light up a bit of gunpowder, which will light up some magnesium shavings, which finally will be hot enough to ignite the thermite. Did it work? See for yourself in the video below. You’ll see that Kraft also rigged a self-destructing external hard drive.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to Head to Hack A Day for more information about the project as well as before and after images of the laptop. This page will not self-destruct. You are not Ethan Hunt.

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Advertisement

More from Awesomer Media...

Funko Stranger Things Action Figure 3-Packs

Funko Stranger Things Action Figure 3-Packs

Hot Toys Spider-Man: Homecoming Iron Man Mark XLVII Action Figure

Hot Toys Spider-Man: Homecoming Iron Man Mark XLVII Action Figure

Computer Predictions from 1979

Computer Predictions from 1979

Auto Nom

Auto Nom

2018 Ram Tungsten Edition Pickups Go for the Luxury

2018 Ram Tungsten Edition Pickups Go for the Luxury

Lamborghini Aventador SV and Matching Lamboat for Sale

Lamborghini Aventador SV and Matching Lamboat for Sale