Hackers Can Completely Control A Sniper Rifle

Posted: Jul 30 2015, 6:39am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Hackers can Completely Control a Sniper Rifle
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  • Hackers can completely control the Shot View targeting system!

Married couple display how automatic computer run rifle system can be hacked with just a Wi-Fi connection.

The Shot View targeting system by TrackingPoint has been the subject of controversy since its debut in 2014. When the self-aiming rifle came out the precision system of the software could make the targets of even amateurs seem like carried out by pros.

The debate surrounding the rifle and targeting system controlled by a computer has come into the spotlight. a research couple proved they can hack the system.

Married couple and security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger have displayed they can shut down the rifle. they can also change targets in the rifle system. All the researchers need is a Wi-Fi connection to carry out the hack using their techniques.

According to Sandvick and Auger, they have been working on hacking the self-aiming rifle for a whole year. The researchers have devised a number of techniques which will allow them to compromise the rifle.

The couple have successfully been able to break into the rifle system and exploit the flaws in the software only through a Wi-Fi connection. After hacking into the self-aiming rifle system Sandvick and Auger were able to stop the system completely, change the target, prevent the gun from firing and even make the rifle miss an aim.

Sandvick and Auger also gave a demonstration of their work to WIRED. They are planning to reveal further details at the Black Hat conference at Las Vegas in August. The conference is to take place in two weeks.

The researchers will show all of their work done on a pair of TrackingPoint’s self-aiming rifles worth a whopping $13000. On the other hand TrackingPoint has been facing economical issue so it’s hard to say the software hack is their top priority right now.

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