Biometric car lock defeated by cutting off owner's finger

Andrei sez, "'Malaysia car thieves steal finger.' This is what security visionaries Bruce Schneier and Ross Anderson have been warning about for a long time. Protect your $75,000 Mercedes with biometrics and you risk losing whatever body part is required by the biometric mechanism."

...[H]aving 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.


(Thanks, Andrei!)