Why hackers want your Starbucks account

Author

Mic Wright

May 15, 2015

This article originally appeared on The Next Web

Your Starbucks account is like catnip for hackers. In the past few days, the longstanding problem has become a story again, after a blog post by American journalist Bob Sullivan, was widely picked up.

He writes:

Criminals are using Starbucks accounts to access consumers’ linked credit cards. Taking advantage of the Starbucks auto-reload function, they can steal hundreds of dollars in a matter of minutes. Because the crime is so simple, can escalate quickly, and the consumer protections controlling the transaction are unclear, I recommend all Starbucks consumers immediately disable auto-reload on the Starbucks mobile payments and gift cards.

The fraud is a big deal because Starbucks mobile payments are a big deal. Last year, Starbucks said it processed $2 billion in mobile payment transactions, and about 1 in 6 transactions at Starbucks are conducted with the Starbucks app.

The story quotes several customers who have had significant amounts of money taken using the trick. A quick Twitter search reveals it’s a common predicament.

Who ever just hacked into my Starbucks account should watch out. Don’t mess with Ally and her Starbucks

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This article was written by Mic Wright from The Next Web and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

 

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