Online biometrics flaw gives hackers a 'fake finger'
By Anil Ananthaswamy Imagine being free to forget all of your passwords and use your fingerprint to log in to your online bank, eBay and email accounts. This tantalising vision has suffered a major blow: the scheme that makes it possible could also allow hackers to steal fingerprints and impersonate their victims. Biometric-secured laptops store an image of your fingerprint, only letting you log in if you produce the matching finger. Proving your identity over the internet is more difficult, however, because the fingerprint data must be transmitted,