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Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle — Or Change Its Target


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I didn't even know there WERE "smart" sniper rifles, but apparently they are a thing, and a thing that can be compromised. The whole idea of putting wifi on a weapon that is lethal up to a half-mile seems... oh heck, I'm sure nothing could possibly go wrong, so why worry!?!? And there's lots of wifi in the places where sniper rifles are deployed a lot these days, so it's super practical!

I see your point. I'm not sure I see the value in a networked weapon except that someone else provides a check and balance to arming and disarming it. 

If that check and balance is compromised things could go very bad. 

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