A $1500 Smart Gun Hacked With $15 Magnets

Probably we should stop going crazy over smart things, because day by day there are many proofs that they are not secure enough to be called SMART. Starting from a toaster, security cameras, routers to the cars. Indeed everything is hackable.

The worst part comes when these smart things are able to hack with cheap and very easily available stuff  online.

One of the many proofs is some cheap magnets which are purchased from Amazon or some other online shopping site, and with them you are able to hack a „smart“ gun.

Security researcher prooved that you can just with $15 magnets hack a smart gun from which „only“ the owner can shoot.


This is first time, that a hacker and security researcher, named „Plore“ has found multiple vulnerabilities and ways to defeat security of a $1,400 smart gun.

According to a detailed report by Wired, the smart idea behind the Armatix IP1 is that the gun will only fire if it is close to the smartwatch, and won’t beyond a few inches of distance from the watch.

This hacker found three vulnerabilities with which he is able to hack into Armatix IP1 smart gun and fire without security smartwatch anywhere near it.

Here is a quick demo of it:


Plore placed $15 magnets near the barrel of the gun, doing this made him bypass the security watch, thereby defeating the Armatix IP1’s the electromagnetic locking system altogether.

He was also able to jam the radio frequency band (916.5Mhz) of the gun from ten feet away using a $20 transmitter device that emits radio waves, preventing the owner from firing the gun even when the watch is present.

The researcher was also able to hack the gun’s radio-based safety mechanism by using a custom-built $20 RF amplifier to extend the range of the watch.

When the owner pulls the trigger, the gun sends a signal to check either there is a smartwatch or not.

But, he was able to intercept the signal using a simple radio device, which acts as a relay that could extend the range by up to 12 feet, meaning somebody else other than the owner could be wearing the watch, defeating its fundamental security feature.

Plore said if smart guns are going to become reality, they will need to upgrade their security.

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