In the future, will there be ANY machines left that don't have computers hidden inside? Even sniper rifles are being outfitted with targeting computers, just like in a sci-fi movie. There are definite benefits like increased accuracy and range, but there's also a HUGE drawback.
Hackers are able to easily navigate the rifle's internal computer system and take over where the gun is aimed. They can also adjust the targeted area so the operator would miss every shot by fractions of an inch, making the user suspect an error on his or her part.
“You can make it lie constantly to the user so they’ll always miss their shot,” Runa Sandvik, a former developer for the anonymity software Tor, told Wired.
The hackers can also destroy the rifle's computer or lock out the user altogether. “If the scope is bricked, 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," she continued.
These advanced weapons are already on the market and in use around the world, so it looks like there needs to be greater security measures on these computer-operated rifles before cybercriminals do their worst.
Watch how easy it is to make a sniper rifle hit the wrong target.