Thursday, 14 May 2015

Costly coffee

How much?

An interesting Starbucks story from pcpro.

Hackers are emptying people’s bank accounts using the Starbucks app.

Starbucks has admitted that users of its app are having their bank accounts drained by hackers. Thieves have gained access to a number of users’ apps - and with it access to their bank accounts, PayPals and any other linked forms of payment - all without needing an account number or password.

After gaining access to Starbucks accounts, thieves are exploiting the auto-reload feature of the app. Designed to make buying Starbucks even more convenient, the app will helpfully use a linked bank account to top up your Starbuck balance when it’s low.

Maybe lovers of inferior coffee saw the app as a kind of direct debit, but I still don't see how they could possibly have been so gullible as to drink the stuff on a regular basis.


Scrobs... said...

Haven't had a coffee for fifteen months now, ever since I had some dreadful nasty stuff in Notcutts Garden centre, near here!

Do I feel better?

Dunno really, but I just feel 'better'!

James Higham said...

Excellent. Shall link appropriately later. Salutary warning.

Demetrius said...

It is quite simple, you do not allow direct access to your bank account by all and sundry, the fewer the better. Nor do you keep much in it.

James Higham said...

I'm writing to a girl in a Starbucks in another land right now, included this url.

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - I don't drink much coffee, one cup a day at the most but I enjoy it.

Demetrius - I agree, although we do have direct debits.

James - I'll be interested to hear what she has to say.