tl;dr – Using Windows 8 with Google Chrome and a biometric device: Check in Chrome (menu > Tools) Extensions for “TrueSuite Website Logon Extension” and disable it.
This started a couple of days ago. I basically only use Chrome for testing WordPress Themes and Plugins that I write (or review) and found I simply could not get to WordPress.org via Chrome. A quick message out on Skype indicated this was likely a local issue and was supported by twitter-verse responses as well.
After some extensive Google searches; not using Chrome as it would not resolve the Google search homepage, which I found ironic … this post provided the solution to the issues I was seeing.