BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Malaysia car thieves steal finger.
Thursday, 31 March, 2005, 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK

Here’s a good argument against biometrics.

But having stripped the car, the thieves became But having stripped the car, the thieves became frustrated when they wanted to restart it. They found they again could not bypass the immobiliser, which needs the owner’s fingerprint to disarm it.

They stripped Mr. Kumaran naked and left him by the side of the road – but not before cutting off the end of his index finger with a machete.

I seem to recall a short story or newspaper article or something from my childhood in which folks were using their deceased relatives severed thumbs to cash their SSI checks. What are the techies thinking?

Hmm, I wonder whether Mr. Kumaran is able to use his other biometric devices since he has lost his password?

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