You might have heard about the glaring security flaw in Starbucks mobile payment iOS app. A security researcher found that the app was storing information such as usernames, email addresses and even passwords in unencrypted plain text. The company claimed that this issue had been fixed, but the security researcher remained adamant that an update would be required to truly take care of this problem. An update is indeed on its way, this according to Starbucks CIO Curt Gartner.
In a press release issued by the company, Gartner writes that so far there hasn’t been any indication that any customer has been impacted or that any information has fallen into the wrong hands. The company hasn’t shared exactly what fixes have been made, “to protect the integrity of these added measures,” but it has been confirmed that the app will no longer save information in plain text format. Moreover, “out of an abundance of caution,” Starbucks is working to accelerate deployment of an update for the app that adds additional layers of protection. The company says that the update for its iOS mobile payments app is going to be ready soon, so its quite possible that we might see a release within the next couple of days.
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