On the Elcomsoft blog about "advanced password cracking insight," Olga Koksharova had bad news for people who thought they were more secure by using biometrics, a UPEK fingerprint reader, instead of relying on a password. UPEK stores Windows account passwords in the registry "almost in plain text, barely scrambled but not encrypted." It's not just a few that are susceptible to hacking. "All laptops equipped with UPEK fingerprint readers and running UPEK Protector Suite are susceptible. If you ever registered your fingerprints with UPEK Protector Suite for accelerated Windows login and typed your account password there, you are at risk.""
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