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Artslinger
04-01-2005, 10:45 AM
:eek:

Malaysia car thieves steal finger
By Jonathan Kent
BBC News, Kuala Lumpur


Police in Malaysia are hunting for members of a violent gang who chopped off a car owner's finger to get round the vehicle's hi-tech security system.
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 suburb.

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.

Stripped naked

The attackers forced Mr Kumaran to put his finger on the security panel to start the vehicle, bundled him into the back seat and drove off.

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.

Police believe the gang is responsible for a series of thefts in the area.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4396831.stm

hockeynut
04-01-2005, 10:47 AM
In a related story, Wendy's is opening a new location in Kuala Lumpur.

gojira-san
04-01-2005, 10:47 AM
They didn't happen to leave that finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili did they? :eek:

Sometimes it is better to let the thieves have the car.

hockeynut
04-01-2005, 10:49 AM
They didn't happen to leave that finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili did they? :eek:

Sometimes it is better to let the thieves have the car.

Jinx!

Ashe
04-01-2005, 10:49 AM
You know this should be a majr concern for biometric security.

gojira-san
04-01-2005, 10:54 AM
Jinx!Great minds think alike or something like that...
You know this should be a majr concern for biometric security.Most fingerprint scanners out there are easy to spoof. Google "jello finger biometrics" or see http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-916135.html for more info. Of course stealing the actual finger does work too - too crude for my taste, but effective.

postoak
04-01-2005, 10:57 AM
Good thing for him that the car wasn't using retinal scan security! :eek: