Hackers find easy way to steal large sums of money through Starbucks app

Thanks to a combination of weak passwords and the lack of any other secondary verification from Starbucks, thieves have been able to siphon off money from Starbucks customers who use the company’s app on their smartphone.

Consumer tech reporter Bob Sullivan was first to report the issue, noting any criminal who obtains username and password credentials to Starbucks.com can drain a consumer’s stored value, and attack their linked credit card.

Since the Starbucks app is so widely used, it’s likely the hackers obtained the username and password from another service through phishing emails and keyloggers and are successfully able to use it through the Starbucks app.

This could potentially be a big deal, too. Starbucks has revealed in the past that it’s processed $2 billion in mobile payment transactions, and about 1 in 6 transactions at Starbucks are conducted with the Starbucks app. A source told Sullivan that Starbucks has been aware of the issue since early 2015.

Starbucks states that there have been no breaches and no customer data has been shared. Right now, it seems like the best thing you can do is have a strong password and disable the auto-reload function within the Starbucks app.

Source: CNN via Bob Sullivan


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