Security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger discovered a way to remotely hack into a TrackingPoint self-aiming rifle.
The Wi-Fi network uses a default password that lets anyone within range to connect to the network and ultimately use the gun as a server, accessing APIs to alter the ballistic calculations in the targeting system. The rifle can then be manipulated to make the shooter hit unintended targets with the only hint of a compromise being a sudden jerk in the scope's view. An attacker can also clear the gun's software or lock a user out.
TrackingPoint Founder John McHale told Wired that the company would work with the researchers to patch the rifle's flaws.