Researcher Hacks Microsoft Fingerprint Reader

Never mind worrying about hackers stealing your password. A security researcher with the Finnish military has shown how people could steal your fingerprint, by taking advantage of an omission in Microsoft's Fingerprint Reader, a PC authentication device that Microsoft has been shipping since September 2004.

Though the Fingerprint Reader can prevent unauthorized people from logging on to your PC, Microsoft has promoted it not as a security device, but rather as convenient tool for home users who want a fast way to log on to Web sites without having to remember user names and passwords. In fact, the Web site warns that the Fingerprint Reader should not be used to protect sensitive data.Yahoo News

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 7th March 2006 4:47AM