The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

When faced with an unbreakable lock, steal the key

Posted by Xavier Ashe on May 28, 2005

There's new IBM commercial that
touts a fingerprint
biometric scanner
.  There also a Targus
and Tensor
PC card add-ons that give similar functionality.  You are supposed to not
be able to logon to the laptop without your finger.  Sounds like the holy
grail of mobile security, right?

Well, first I would like to introduce to you how Gummi
Bears can defeat fingerprint sensors
.  But why go to all that trouble?

… in Sheboygan WI, a drunk man with next to no knowledge of
computers, has demonstrated, just how simple it is to thwart the newest
security.

The annoying individual, a teenager who just could not leave yet, the cyber
cafe', as they were chatting, struck a sour note with the drunken individual.

The drunk, after knocking out the teen, unlocked the laptop, was said to have
changed the password, and fled the crime scene.

At present, police are still looking for the thief and due to age, are not
releasing the name of the teen.

Sigh… no matter how strong the lock, the key exists somewhere.

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