Some cheap USB Type-C cables sold on Amazon can cause too much current to be delivered over your PC’s USB ports and will fry your machine, The Verge reported.
USB Type-C is the latest USB standard, which features a small profile and reversible plug.
The issue stems from the backwards compatibility built into the standard which lets new devices with USB-C ports connect and charge via older ports on existing PCs.
Google engineer Benson Leung, in the course of testing various Type-C cables, plugged one into his Chromebook Pixel.
“I directly analysed the Surjtech cable using a Type-C breakout board and a multimeter, and it appears that they completely mis-wired the cable,” said Leung.
This resulted in his laptop being destroyed.
The USB-IF said it has checked 61 cables and advised buyers to look out for its logos:
A group of redditors also maintain a spreadsheet with details on all the cables that have been tested.
A website listing various USB-compliant gear is also available through Reddit.