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The face-recognition technologies offered by some laptop vendors as a way for users to securely log onto their systems are deeply flawed and can be relatively easily bypassed, a security researcher warned Thursday at the Black Hat security conference here.Nguyen Minh Duc, a researcher at Bach Khoa Internetwork Security Centre, a Hanoi-based security organization, showed how attackers could break into laptops from Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus featuring face-recognition technologies, simply by using digitized images of the actual user of the systems in each case. The attacks were conducted on a Lenovo system with its Veriface III technology, an Asus system featuring its Smart Logon software and a laptop using Toshiba's Face Recognition technology.The attacks are possible because the underlying technology used by the vendors for face authentication can be easily fooled -- meaning it cannot be trusted for secure log-on purposes, Minh Duc said. He claimed that each of the vendors has been notified of the issue and urged them to reconsider the use of face recognition as a secure log-in option until the problem has been fixed. More at; http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/02/19/researcher-laptop-face-recognition-tech-easy-hack
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I think it can be bypassed by using that person's photograph.
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