Wednesday, August 02, 2017 by JD Heyes
All the things liberals do when it comes to making it more difficult for you to exercise your constitutional right to a firearm really are pathetic — and at times, even, comical. Such is the case with so-called “smart gun” locks that Leftists insist are the ‘latest thing’ in gun safety.
While every responsible firearms owner is already hyper-focused on the safe handling of their guns, that’s not good enough for the Left, which believes technology is a better answer. Except that it’s not.
As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, one German engineer recently bypassed the locks on the Armatix IP1 “smart guns” using nothing more than inexpensive magnets he bought off of Amazon:
The German manufacturers of the Armaatix IP1 smart gun claimed it would “usher in a new era of gun safety” as it would only fire in the presence of a special watch.
However, a hacker has shown the device can easily be unlocked multiple ways using $15 magnets or a $20 transmitter device.
As Wired reported, the concept behind the weapon is that it is not supposed to be able to fire if it is outside the range of the watch — a few inches. But the magnets somehow deactivate the safety mechanism by disrupting the locking signal between firearm and watch.
“I almost didn’t believe it had actually worked. I had to fire it again,” said the hacker, who goes by the pseudonym Plore. “And that’s how I found out for $15 of materials you can defeat the security of this $1,500 smart gun.”
When the user squeezes the expensive gun’s trigger, it sends a signal to the watch, ensuring it is within range. But he used a radio device to hijack the signal and then relay it to the watch, which could instead be as far away as 12 feet.
“If you buy one of these weapons thinking it’ll be safer, it should be,” Plore said. But it’s not.
In addition, the hacker said he used radio signals to also make the gun completely useless — as in, it wouldn’t fire at all.
From about 10 feet away, Plore said a $20 transmitter device could emit radio waves strong enough to jam the gun’s signals, regardless of its proximity to the watch.
“The iP1 system had been designed to increase the safety when using the weapon. It had been focused on suppressing the ability to shoot, when a third person (e.g. a child) accesses the weapon in the heat of the moment and tries to use it,” a spokesperson for the gun maker told the Daily Mail.
“There was never the demand to avoid the usage by a well-prepared attacker or a skilled hacker,” the spokesperson, who was not named, continued. “If you have access to a safety device for a sufficient time, you are able to modify it and probably can misuse it.”
As such, the company said owners of the gun should only authenticate the watch when they are actually wearing it — but that doesn’t explain how to block out the offending radio signals. (Related: This state wants to limit your gun purchases to one a month.)
“As we all know even the Pentagon and other institutions/companies/agencies were not immune to attacks by hackers in the past,” said the spokesperson — which leaves you wondering what that has to do with the price of tea in Beijing.
The fact is, for persons wanting to “lock” their guns — if they do happen to have kids in the home, for example, which is a good idea — low-tech gun locks are the best bet. They are physically strong, cannot be “hacked” or rendered ineffective. Moreover, when locks are removed, there is no way a “signal” can be used to render the firearm useless.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.