There were several viral reports that the Starbucks App was hacked-after there were incidents that many customers using the App did find loaded money missing from their online Starbucks App account . After analysis, it was reported that there was no security breach or error at their end-and Starbucks said that the hacks were individual attacks which took advantage of the auto-load feature of the App as well as the poor or compromised username password combinations of the App accounts.
Hackers somehow gained access to accounts using a variety of techniques and then added a gift card to the account after which the loaded the amount in the account to the gift card-post which it was used with Starbucks merchandize. It gets worse if the account is set to auto-debit-as hackers could keep refilling and moving the amount to the gift card. Starbucks reiterated that there is no fault at their end and said that users whose accounts were compromised should contact them directly and they would not be charged.