“Free” Starbucks Wi-Fi Caught Mining for Bitcoin

Did you know that when you’re logging into the Wi-Fi at Starbucks, you could have code installed on your laptop that is used to mine for bitcoin? This is what recently happened to one man who stumbled across the code after joining the store’s Wi-Fi.

The complaint was addressed by Starbucks, with the company saying the issue has since been resolved. When Stensul CEO Noah Dinkin visited a Starbucks in Buenos Aires recently, he probably didn’t expect to be served some sneaky cryptocurrency miner code along with his coffee.

But thanks to the store’s internet provider, that’s exactly what he got. Starbucks spokesperson Reggie Borges told Motherboard that the incident was isolated to the Be…
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