A pair of hackers demonstrated how to take control of a modern rifle equipped with a computer-based targeting system.
Intelligent guns that can be programmed to be perfectly targeted are not defective. It turns out that you can break into them and point out another target, causing the sniper to unconsciously go where he intended.
Internet security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger hacked TrackingPoint's rifle with a Linux-powered computer and connected to Wi-Fi, leading to the fact that it did not hit the programmed target. Using a laptop, hackers also managed to lock the trigger remotely.
During a presentation organized by Wired magazine, hackers demonstrated how to disarm a $ 13,000 rifle - the weapon currently tested by the US Army. The couple has proven that it is enough to be within Wi-Fi coverage to access the interface, manipulate settings, or change application properties.
After hijacking the rifle, specialists took control of the trajectory of the projectile, changing ballistic parameters, including the weight of the ammunition. As a result, heavier bullets were to the left of the target, lighter to the right.
The sniper may not even know that his weapon has been hacked - the only indication that the rifle has been taken over is a slight "jump" in the viewfinder.
"You can always lie to an operator so you always miss," says Sandvik. In this situation, he has a rifle equipped with a computer worth six, seven thousand dollars, which must just point alone.
Researchers point out that fortunately with the rifle it is not possible to shoot remotely - then the operator must press the trigger.
A hacker couple unveiled their findings at the Black Hat Las Vegas conference in late July.
TrackingPoint, a Texas-based company, promoted its ultra-modern rifle called Precision Guided Firearm in 2013, in an animated film in which it asserted that the autoclave function "virtually eliminates the possibility of error."
Founder TrackingPoint, John McHale, has provided the magazine "Wired" that he was aware of a year-long experiment by hackers. He added that he would like to help with it as soon as possible to develop a patch for the software.
Hackers exploiting the weakness of devices connected to the computer network today are the biggest threat to the future of the so-called. Internet of Things - This term is understood to mean any device connected to the Internet, including household appliances such as microwave ovens, security cameras, televisions, or multimedia centers. IDC estimates that by 2020 more than 200 billion devices will be connected to the Internet.
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