Really. Check it out.
I first heard this term in reference to the iPhone. It can be a noun ("My iPhone is a brick.") or a verb ("That software bricked my phone.")
It means to make it unusable, not on purpose. So, it might as well be a brick. At least, I guess that's the idea.
Come back again in 20 years, you won't understand half of what people are saying, our language is changing so fast lately.