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Hackers able to tamper with target of high-tech weapon

Hack the smart rifle? Yikes
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Aug 2, 2015 7:32 pm

Who could have foreseen a Wi-Fi-connected self-aiming weapon could be compromised so hackers are able to digitally "tag" a target independent of what the shooter wanted to fire at. TrackingPoint created an uber pricey rifle that allows for amateur shooters to accurately hit targets up to a half mile away - unless a hacker changes the target.



Using the weapon's Wi-Fi system, the researchers were able to compromise its software - and they found a way to manipulate its scope, feeding the shooter false wind direction, temperatures, and other considerations. Amateur shooters wouldn't likely notice the changing variables, even if the rifle locked onto a different target.


"You can make it lie constantly to the user so they'll always miss their shot," said Runa Sandvik, a researcher able to hack the rifle, in a statement published by Wired. "If the scope is bricked, you have a six to seven thousand dollar computer you can't use on top of a rifle that you still have to aim yourself."


There are only about 1,000 TrackingPoint rifles on the market, and it would seem unlikely hackers would mess with them, though it something that the company was notified about.




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