Starbucks WIFI in Argentina Hacked, Customer Revealed Malicious Code

In another very surprising hacking incident, a customer who visited a Starbucks coffee outlet in Buenos Aires, had encountered a malicious code after connecting to the available WIFI connection.

The popular coffee manufacturer and outlet confirmed the incident in Argentina.

From the published information through cnbc.com, the hacking incident at the Starbucks outlet in Buenos Aires happened last December 2, which immediately infected the laptop of the customer who connected to the free WIFI inside the popular coffee shop in Argentina.

The hacking code had generated the Monero crypto-currency from his laptop.

Based on the shared information also, they recognized the person as Noah Dinkin (hisTwitter username) and to prove the hacking incident, he managed to post a screenshot he took about the intriguing code caused by the hacker to show the public.

He revealed that it really happened to him at the Starbucks outlet in Argentina. According to his explanation, the first time he tried to connect to the free WIFI the code attempted to delay his connection. Because of this, it permitted the transaction to mine bitcoin illegally by utilizing the processing power of his device.

They also recognize Dinkin as an executive of Stensul, a tech-company based in New York who immediately noticed the sneaky mining code.

Based on the observation of those who learned about the hacking from Starbucks during the first week of December, the malicious or illegal code might be an issue to mine bitcoins. However, some users of Twitter believed that the involved website that hosted the script might originate from Monero (a different type of crypto-currency).

From the published news report through RT.com, Starbucks confirmed the hacking issue last Monday (December 11) and investigated the incident. As detailed online, the company made an immediate action so that their Internet provider will handle the problem and execute the necessary changes for the protection of their valued customers who are using their free WIFI connection.

Starbucks posted their explanation through their official Twitter account and assuring that they had resolved the problem already. It likewise confirmed that this particular incident, which occurred in the coffee outlet in Buenos Aires, is not a widespread concern.

“Last week, we were alerted to the issue and we reached out to our internet service provider—the Wi-Fi is not run by Starbucks, it’s not something we own or control,” said the representative of Starbucks as detailed through the Motherboard. “We don’t have any concern that this is widespread across any of our stores,” it added.

According to the news report also, they consider the Monero token as a popular “crypto-jackers” and capable of perform mining to different personal computers even without a special platform or hardware.

In line with this issue, RT.com revealed that a suspicious mining code likewise infected other known video websites like OnlineVideoConverter, Openload, Rapidvideo and Streamango.

As for cyber security expert Don Smith who learned about this issue, he explained that users of public WIFI ought to make sure that the software they utilize is up-to-date and must be aware of potential malicious activity.

 “Always be wary when connecting to untrusted networks, public wi-fi hotspots are untrusted to you even if they are provided by a trusted brand,” said Don Smith during an interview by the BBC.

Smith is an expert of cyber security and working for Secureworks.

It is true that this kind of crypto-currency mining incident is becoming prevalent today and many Internet users are experiencing different problems about it. Professional hackers are capable of determining on when to execute their plans and the victims they want to target.

The many unknown web intruders or hacking groups now are continuously increasing in numbers worldwide.