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Biometrics Fooled by Gummy Fingers - PCstats.com Biometrics Fooled by Gummy Fingers
Mon, April 19 2004 | 10:23PM | PermaLink Feedback?
They say that many creatures evolved the way they did because of their environment, and some climbed to the top of the food chain, while others vanished. It makes you wonder then, if human hands will evolve so that our fingers are bent out to side because of the massive amount of keyboard typing we all do?

One way to prevent your fingers from crying foul after 12 hours of work is to use special ergonomic gear. But sometimes, it's just more fun to use modified hardware like this Backlit Keyboard and RF Wireless Optical Mouse. At the Hudson Hotel in New York, they spray painted all the computer keyboards black for the sake of style. XYZ Computing dishes out the do's and don'ts in their very own DIY guide on the subject.

If security is your No.1 concern, don't be fooled by the apparent infallibility of Microsoft's Optical Desktop with Fingerprint Reader. A little gummy candy can be used to fool optical biometric sensors, as Tsutomu Matsumoto proves in his research paper: "Impact of Artificial "Gummy" Fingers on Fingerprint Systems".

Other keyboard centric reviews hitting the news stands include the Logisys Phone Smart LED Keyboard, Saitek Gamer's Keyboard and A4Tech's KBS-2680RP Keyboard.

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