[LINK] ArsTechnica: 'Crawl the Web with your fingers'
kim at holburn.net
Thu Oct 12 07:42:45 AEST 2006
On 2006 Oct 11, at 5:31 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
> 2) Mercedes and Malaysia? I read this story a while ago about an
> owner of a new Mercedes with a fingerprint scanner who got car-
> jacked. The robbers, when they discovered the car wouldn't work
> without it's owner's fingerprint, removed said fingerprint (and
> finger as I recall).
> Last Updated: Thursday, 31 March, 2005, 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK
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> 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
> Police believe the gang is responsible for a series of thefts in
> the area.
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