Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to that computer-aided weapon, and you may find that your smart gun suddenly seems to have a mind of its own—and a very different idea of the target. 

At the Black Hat hacker conference in two weeks, security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger plan to present the results of a year of work hacking a pair of $13,000 TrackingPoint self-aiming rifles. The married hacker couple have developed a set of techniques that could allow an attacker to compromise the rifle via its Wi-Fi connection and exploit vulnerabilities in its software. Their tricks can change variables in the scope’s calculations that make the rifle inexplicably miss its target, permanently disable the scope’s computer, or even prevent the gun from firing. In a demonstration for WIRED (shown in the video above), the researchers were able to dial in their changes to the scope’s targeting system so precisely that they could cause a bullet to hit a bullseye of the hacker’s choosing rather than the one chosen by the shooter.

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I support this computer aided rifle for people with disabilities that limit them from being able to fire a normal weapon due to their disability. Leave it to a bunch of non-gunners to exploit a weapon system that could benefit a large group of disabled hunters, boy I tell you what...


Anonymous said...

Sloppy work on TrackingPoint's behalf opening a weapon to external influence. Non-gunners or not, exposing these problems only improves the breed. And this aiming system has nothing to do with disabilities and everything to do with those who can't do dope.

Stackz O Magz said...

Wouldn't you consider not being able to read dope a shooting disability as well?

Anonymous said...

Not being able to read dope is ignorance and correctable, just like any other element of the shooing discipline (i.e. sight alignment, trigger control, 4 rules, etc.). Disabilities aren't.