Report: Passwords vulnerable on Starbucks app

Report: Passwords vulnerable on Starbucks app

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Customers queue for coffee at Starbucks Coffee inside the Dulles International Airport

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 11:13 AM

SEATTLE – The Starbucks mobile app that allows customers to pay for drinks and food directly from their smartphones may leave passwords vulnerable, according to a Seattle Times report.

The Times reported the app saves usernames, passwords and other personal information in plain text, which means a hacker could pick up a left-behind phone, plug it into a laptop and easily recover the user info, without even knowing the smartphone's pin code.

Starbucks officials admitted the vulnerability, but said no customers have reported being hacked as a result.

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