apropos to the biometrics essay in the Jan 2009 crypto-gram:

Researchers Hack Biometric Faces

from the face-off dept. posted by kdawson on 2009-02-18 01:35:00

yahoi sends in news from a week or so back: "Vietnamese researchers have 
cracked the facial recognition technology [1] used for authentication in 
Lenovo, Asus, and Toshiba laptops in lieu of the standard logon/password. The 
researchers were able to easily bypass the biometric authentication system 
built into the laptops by using photos of an authorized user, as well as by 
presenting multiple phony facial images in brute-force attacks. One of the 
researchers will demonstrate the hack at Black Hat DC this week. He says the 
laptop makers should remove the facial biometrics feature from their products 
because the vulnerability of this technology can't be fixed."

[1] http://www.darkreading.com/security/vulnerabilities/showArticle.jhtml;jsess


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