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Hackers Are Using the Starbucks App to Skim Bank Accounts

Good passwords are obviously important for banking apps and sensitive email accounts, but a new scam highlights why you should never, ever use a crappy password, even if you’re just signing up for a mediocre franchise coffee house rewards card. Starbucks app users are getting their bank accounts drained by password-guessing thieves.

People with Starbucks rewards can link the coffee-payment app to their bank accounts, credit cards, or PayPal accounts, which means hacking into someone’s Starbucks app gives thieves an easy way to load up new gift cards and sell them illegally. Starbucks has acknowledged that this scam… Continue reading