I have had rain, sun, and wind
, all destroy wifi adapters, but those are just forces of natures.
I guess in theory em if powerful enough could fry it, but that seems unlikely. Another possibility, most likely if you are running the windows operating system, is it could have implanted a worm virus which could do just about anything, but then the adapter would work on a different computer.
one I have to reset like 10 times each time I plug
it in before it works, but then it works for hours, so it's just a glitch.