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Mythbusters-Beat Finger Print Security System

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 2, 2006

As if to snub the claims, they break it three times!
Supposedly it monitors pulse, sweat, temperature, and other attributes.
First, Adam obtains an impression of a fingerprint already present on
the reader and creates a latex copy that he adheres to his own thumb.
Initial attempts fail, but when Adam licks the latex, the door opens.
Next, Jamie tries a ballistics gel copy of the fingerprint. Sure
enough, the door opens right away. Adam remarks that some cheap
computer fingerprint reader was actually more difficult to hack than
the “unbreakable” door lock! Finally, Adam tries the simplest of all
attacks: a photocopy of the authorized fingerprint. No warmth, no
pulse, only a lick — and again, the door opens.

Found on Steve Riley's Blog.


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