Starbucks app hack may be losing you money

18 May 2015

starbucks-logo Do you use the Starbucks app which allows you to pay for drinks and food? You should change your password, because there's a hack about which could be taking money from you.

The hack sees ne'er-do-wells able to take funds from customer credit cards, bank accounts and PayPal accounts. You see, the app is linked to an online payment service and hackers have found a way in, so they can take advantage of the cash auto-reload function and online gift cards that a lot of people use.

Basically, they can transfer money to themselves.

So what's the deal? Well, Starbucks say that they know there's a problem, but rather than this being their fault, they say this is an issue with weak passwords. While they're seemingly not willing to do anything about this security flaw, they are saying that customers won't be held responsible for any charges that someone else is responsible for.

Starbucks said in a statement: "If a customer believes their account has been subject to fraudulent activity, they are encouraged to contact both Starbucks and their financial institution immediately."

"Customers are not responsible for charges or transfers they did not make. If a customer's Starbucks Card is registered, their account balance is protected."

If you're worried about this, change your password and disable the auto-reload feature, and you should be fine.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Scams   Privacy

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