Hackers Find Way To Make Self-Aiming Sniper Rifle Change Its Target (VIDEO)

A pair of hackers have found a way to intercept a computer-assisted sniper rifle’s wireless connection and change the weapon’s target, disable the scope’s computer, and stop the gun from firing, according to Wired.

A pair of security researchers, Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger, analyzed the $13,000 TrackingPoint rifle for a year and will present their findings at a hacker conference next month, according to the report published Wednesday.

The weapon has Wi-Fi access, which allows a user to connect a computer to the scope of the weapon to stream video. The computer can also control other settings, such as wind, temperate and ammunition weight, according to Wired.

“We found a way to connect directly to the computer that’s inside of it and change the same values but in such a way that it doesn’t show up in the screen,” Sandvik told Wired.

The gun makes it possible to “to shoot around corners, record your hunt, and share your experience with friends and family,” according to the product’s website.

“You can make it lie constantly to the user so they’ll always miss their shot,” Sandvik told Wired.

Watch a demonstration of the hacking from Wired:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Jerde is a newswriter based in New York. Her bylines have appeared in The Star-Ledger, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Columbus Dispatch. She graduated from Ohio University. Send emails to sara@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow her @SaraJerde.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK