In Malaysia, a man's finger was severed, because his high end Mercedes had a high-tech fingerprint recognition entry and ignition system. The
thieves simply cut the man's finger off and used it as a key. The high-tech security was easily defeated using primitive tactics.
The car, a Mercedes S-class, was protected by a fingerprint recognition system.
Accountant K Kumaran's ordeal began when he was run down by four men in a small car as he was about to get into his Mercedes in a Kuala Lumpur
The gang, armed with long machetes, demanded the keys to his car.
It is worth around $75,000 second-hand on the local market, where prices are high because of import duties.
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It was only a matter of time until this example was realized in the real world. It has been extensively done in movies and books. In Dan Brown's,
"Angels and Demons", an eye was removed to defeat a retina scan security system. In the movie, "Galactica" a fake finger with a blood sample in
it was used to get past a blood analyzing identification system. A hand was severed for a hand-print activated lock in another film. It's a simple
low-tech way to defeat complex, expensive, high-tech systems.
This is clear proof that all these biometric I.D.'s, etc. are not better mousetraps, but rather, the source of meaner mice.
Will biometric identification stop identity theft or terrorism? No, is the simple answer. The more complex answer, as illustrated so eloquently by
these Malaysian thugs, is that it actually endangers us more than it protects. So why should we allow the governments and media of the world convince
us that we "need" it for security?
A biometric I.D. has a peice of your body on it. It will only work to identify innocents, and criminals will work around it by stealing body parts
and other biologicals.
Remember when you could walk into a bank and say, "I will take $20, 000 dollars from my account", and the teller would reply, "Why certainly Mr.
Smith!". There were no magnetic strips, bar codes, or scanners. The teller knew Mr. Smith because she recognized his face and voice, and nobody but
Mr. Smith would convince her to give money from the account.
There is more protection from identity theft when identification is the actual you and not just a piece of you. Perhaps some kind of personal
relationship network vouching system would be a better alternative to fight this apparent rash of identity theft.
[edit on 18-4-2005 by billybob]