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Expert Claims Starbucks App Has Convenience Over Security

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Ordering your cup of coffee on Starbucks' smartphone app may expose your personal information to hackers.

According to a recent report, customers who use Starbucks' drink and food app, the most used mobile-payment app in the US, could easily become victim of a cyber-attack.

The article, written by ComputerWorld's Evan Shuman and based on security researcher Daniel Wood's research, claims that someone could pick up a phone from a customer, connect it to a PC and easily recover the password without knowing the pin. The reason is because the app stores the password and username to make repeated payments and purchases as convenient as possible.

There haven't been any reports of hacking attacks by customers. Starbucks says in response that it's working on an updated app with additional protection. In addition, Starbucks dismissed Wood's concerns.

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