WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A pair of hackers say they have figured out how to disrupt the military’s new computer-guided sniper rifle scopes.
The high-tech rifle is designed to automatically adjust the aiming sights to account for wind conditions, weight of the bullet, and other variables that a sniper usually calculates in his or her head.
Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger showed Wired how they were able to get inside the computer of a pair of $13,000 TrackingPoint self-aiming rifles.
The married hacker couple were able to infiltrate the system’s Wi-Fi connection and input confusing information.
“You can make it lie constantly to the user so they’ll always miss their shot,” Sandvik explained.
An attacker could also permanently disable the scope’s computer.
“If the scope is bricked,” Sandvick added, “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.”
The couple says they don’t want to actually cause problems for the military, but wants top brass to be aware of the vulnerabilities so they can be fixed.
They plan to reveal the techniques during the Black Hat convention of hackers next month in Las Vegas.
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