Starbucks Mobile Payment is Here, but with a Catch

Back in 2009, Starbucks piloted their mobile payment system at select locations, and just now went national with the app that allows customers to pay for their coffe via a barcode displayed on their iPhone, Blackberry or Android.

After well over a year of testing, Starbucks confidently released their app, and almost immediately, it was discovered that the payment system could be “hacked” by simply looking over someones shoulder. By taking a picture of your smartphone’s display with another cameraphone, someone could score free Starbucks on you.

Typically in mobile payment application systems, the app will automatically change the barcode with each transaction, but with Starbuck’s app, each user is assigned a barcode that does not change.

While, you would think it would be noticeable that the person behind you in the Starbucks line was creepily taking a photo, it is still feasible for someone to do this and receive that grande caramel macchiato and blueberry scone on you!

What do you think about the ease of stealing free Starbucks through their app; was this a major oversight, or did Starbucks have good faith in their customers? Let us know what you think about the Starbucks mobile payment app debacle by commenting here, or on our Facebook or Twitter page.