Self-Locking "Smart" Gun Utterly Defeated by a Hacker for $15

Self-Locking "Smart" Gun Utterly Defeated by a Hacker for $15

A recent video released by Wired demonstrates how easily self-locking "smart" guns can be easily defeated:

In the video, a hacker going by the handle "Plore" walks us through his process in learning how to defeat the iP1 pistol, a weapon produced by German manufacturer Armatix.

The iP1 is designed to be paired with a "smart watch," which is supposed to be worn by the gun's owner. When the gun is within range of the RFID-enabled watch, it can be fired; when it's out of range, it locks up.

Plore starts off initially with a bevy of sophisticated scanning equipment and RFID relays to defeat the gun, firing several rounds successfully. At one point, Plore even demonstrates how signal-jamming can easily prevent the gun from detecting a user's smart watch, preventing authorized users from firing their weapon.

Eventually, Plore shows us that a stack of magnets (easily obtained for about $15) held near the iP1's sensor would allow him to fire it without the watch.

That's it. No hacking, no spoofing, no fancy tricks. Bear in mind this was all accomplished without even disassembling or touching the gun's internals.

"Smart" technology aside, the Armatix pistol is an overall disappointingly poor design for a supposedly cutting-edge weapon. The watch-to-gun pairing can take as long as 20 minutes (while you're bleeding out), holds only 10+1 .22LR rounds (with a horrible failure to fire rate) and costs over $1,500 to own.

Here's the NRA-ILA's position on smart-weapon technology:

Conceptually, a “smart” gun is one that incorporates technology that would prevent the gun from being used by an unauthorized person. Currently, no viable guns equipped with such technology exist.

Gun control supporters advocate laws to prohibit the sale of firearms that do not possess “smart” technology, as a way to prohibit the manufacture of traditional handguns, raise the price of handguns that would be allowed to be sold and, presumably, to imbed into handguns a device that would allow guns to be disabled remotely.

The NRA doesn’t oppose the development of “smart” guns, nor the ability of Americans to voluntarily acquire them. However, NRA opposes any law prohibiting Americans from acquiring or possessing firearms that don’t possess “smart” gun technology.
— National Rifle Association & Institute for Legislative Action

This is exactly right. But until a day comes when the tech is reliable and the market creates a demand for smart weapons, leftists will continue demonizing gun-owners for not wanting to essentially cripple their own self-defense measures.

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