Starbucks Free WiFi ‘Caught Sucking Cryptocoins’ Off The Laptops Of Coffee Addicts

Website mining cryptocurrency from people computers isn’t something we haven’t heard about. A guy even went a step ahead and mined cryptocurrency from his Tesla Car for free.

The cryptojacking incident happened with Stensul CEO Noah Dunkin would rather sound unusual to many. Earlier this month, Dunkin was up at a Buenos Aires Starbucks for a caffeine doze. There he connected to the store’s free wireless internet only to find himself surprised after what happened.

Dunkin noticed a strange 10-second delay his laptop took while connecting to the WiFi. He later found a cryptocurrency mining code on his laptop.

He was quick to bring the issue to the coffee brand’s attention via Twitter where Dunking also included a screenshot of the code he found.

Although, Dunkin said in his tweet that the code was trying to mine Bitcoins from his laptop. But the code was a CoinHive script, which only works with Monero, a Motherboard report says. Previously, CoinHive’s code has been used to mine Monero by The Pirate Bay and SafeBrowse extension.

About a week later, Starbucks’ to Dunkin’s tweet revealed that the coffee chain had instructed the internet provider to fix the problem, the tweet said.

A Starbucks spokesperson told Motherboard that the issue was related to the specific store and has been resolved. The company doesn’t itself look after the WiFi services.

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Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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