Starbucks app users across the country panicked earlier this week when a report describing an in-app hack surfaced on the site bobsullivan.net. Though the report was unconfirmed by Starbucks, dozens of news sources picked up the story. Today, Starbucks released a statement that denies allegations of any kind of security breach.
Starbucks takes the obligation to protect customers' information seriously. News reports that the Starbucks mobile app has been hacked are false.
Like all major retailers, the company has safeguards in place to constantly monitor for fraudulent activity and works closely with financial institutions. To protect the integrity of these security measures, Starbucks will not disclose specific details but can assure customers their security is incredibly important and all concerns related to customer security are taken seriously.
Eater reached out to Bob Sullivan who first broke the supposed news on Monday. Sullivan, a self-proclaimed "tech skeptic," stands by his story.
Meanwhile, Brian Krebs has remained mum on the issue over on his site Krebs on Security.
Update 5/14, 10:48 a.m.: Bob Sullivan's comments are off the record. This update has removed his previously published quote.