Starbucks WiFi Caught Mining Customers Laptops For Cryptocurrency

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It has been found that Starbucks’ free WiFi has been hijacking customers’ laptops to mine Cryptocurrency in one of their branches in Argentina. Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault commented below.

Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault: 

Javvad Malik“It appears as if the Starbucks store wasn’t intentionally running the cryptocurrency mining software, rather the internet service provider was either compromised or running it intentionally. It goes to highlight once again the threats that lurk in the supply chain. It also illustrates the lengths criminals will go to in order to gain access to a few seconds of computing power to mine cryptocurrency.

Enterprises should therefore have comprehensive and reliable threat detection capabilities to be able to determine where malicious or unwanted code may be running.”