Starbucks store's wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency

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Starbucks store's wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:09:26 AM »
Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its branches were unwittingly recruited into a crypto-currency mining operation.

The wi-fi service provided by one of the coffee chain's Buenos Aires outlets surreptitiously hijacked connected computers to use their processing power to create digital cash.

Starbucks said that it had taken "swift action" to address the problem.

But one expert said it highlighted the risks of using public wi-fi.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42338754

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