A security researcher who goes by the name “Plore” found multiple ways to defeat the vaunted the Armatix GmbH Smart System and its $1,400 gun.
As chronicled by Wired in the above video, the hacker demonstrates a multitude of ways to beat the controversial personalized handgun which is designed to pair to an RFID-equipped wrist watch to be able to fire.
“Not only was it unsecured, it was unsecured in a way that I had not anticipated,” said Plore.
He was able to jam the radio frequency band (916.5Mhz) and prevent the gun from firing when it should, extend the authentication radius of its RFID puddle, and even defeat the electromagnetic locking system altogether with a simple $15 magnet placed near the breechblock.
Plore says, “There are some people who think you shouldn’t be able to have a smart gun. I’m not one of them. If people want to buy smart guns, they should be able to. And if they do, they should get what’s on the label.”
The hacker reportedly alerted Armatix to the security flaws, and the company told Wired, “Our experiences with the strengths and weaknesses of the iP1 system will flow into the next generation of smart gun system.”
Plore will present his findings at the upcoming DEFCON Hacking Conference, set for this week in Las Vegas.
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