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hacker cracks smart gun security to shoot it without approval

by:Newland     2019-10-14
Supporters say they can stop accidental shootings or fires.
To prevent criminals from using stolen or misplaced guns, they were praised by law enforcement.
However, like any technology, they are not unsolvable.
A hacker named Plore doesn\'t want to stop smart guns, but he wants the gun industry, which makes these devices more and more, to know that they can be hacked.
The model of Plore hacking is called Armatix IPI.
It is paired electronically with a smartwatch so that only those wearing it can ignite it.
These devices authenticate users by radio signals and talk to each other electronically on a small scale.
Plore breaks the security function in three different ways, including interfering with the radio signal in the weapon and watching it so that the gun is not fired and placing a strong magnet next to the weapon, shooting without a watch nearby.
\"Smart guns in the future may use different authorization mechanisms,\" Plore said . \".
\"But even if future smart guns don\'t use radio signals, you want to keep it free from intentional or unintentional interference.
\"A hacker attack involves breaking the range limit of a gun.
It should only work when the gun is within 1 feet of the watch.
But Plore expanded the range by using radio equipment to cheat guns that the watch was closer than it was.
Another hacker attack involves stopping the gun from firing.
Plore created a device that emits the same 900 MHz frequency as the gun and watch-
Devices such as baby monitors or cordless phones also use this frequency.
His equipment simulates interference, effectively confuses guns and watches and makes them useless.
Related article: Mac malware silently monitors computer users, and the main reason people are interested in smart guns is to ensure that only owners can control them.
But Plore found it possible to launch a weapon without a watch.
The hacker placed a powerful magnet next to the gun.
This simple solution allows shooting.
Armatix had no objection to the Plore findings, but said the hacking was beyond the scope of gun design. \"[The iP1]
Mainly used in a crackdown to shoot when a third party (e. g.
Kids or regular users)
Helmut brandsman, general manager of Amratix, wrote in an email to CNN Tech: \"Get the weapon and try to use it in the heat of the moment . \".
\"No one has ever asked to avoid the use of well-prepared attackers or skilled hackers.
Brandenburg added, \"compare iP1 with any security system and you can modify it if you have enough time to access the security device and may abuse it.
\"Plore will present his findings at this week\'s Defcon security conference.
He said that while the tools he used to study the problem cost thousands of dollars, the tools he created to execute the three attacks cost less than $50.
This is not the first time a magnet has been used to crack a smart device.
A similar strategy is used to invade a safe.
\"You see the same error repeated,\" he said . \"
\"Safes and guns are not the same equipment, but they are the same attack conceptually.
There are a lot of smartgun skeptics.
Two Arizona lawmakers recently said the technology is too new and could be dangerous.
NRA says while it does not object to smart guns, it does not support legislation restricting access to non-smart guns.
Smart guns are not yet popular, he said, and Armatix IPI is the only such weapon that Plore can easily access.
So while it\'s cheap to execute these hacks, a real one
The world situation is relatively unlikely.
To make smart guns safer in the future, Plore wants to make sure manufacturers are aware of these defects.
\"If you\'re going to buy one, you should get something on the label,\" he said . \".
\"You should be able to really get something that provides meaningful security.
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