Starbucks' Wi-Fi used customers' laptops to mine Monero

According to the representative of Starbucks, issue is solved and they "want to ensure that our customers are able to search the internet over Wi-Fi securely"
18 December 2017   5255

Coffeeshop Starbucks from capital of Argentina used Coinhive script to mine Monero on customer's laptops thru Wi-Fi. Customers weren't warned. This is reported byt the CCN.

The head of a technology company from New York, Noah Dinkin, drew attention to the problem. The expert noticed a ten-second delay when connecting to a Starbucks coffee shop in Buenos Aires. It turned out that at this time the network provider used the power of the devices for Monero's mining.

In a few days coffeeshop responeded. Company reported that issue was resolved.

Motherboard talked to Starbucks' spokesperson regarding the issue.

Last week, we were alerted to the issue and we reached out to our internet service provider—the Wi-Fi is not run by Starbucks, it's not something we own or control. We want to ensure that our customers are able to search the internet over Wi-Fi securely, so we will always work closely with our service provider when something like this comes up.
 

Reggie Borges 

Spokesperson, Starbucks

In next tweets, Dinkin revealed that the code was found in three separate Starbucks locations over multiple days, and that the internet service’s Terms of Service (TOS) didn’t mention the Monero mining code.

Billionare's Wife Kidnappers to Demand €9M Worth XMR

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking
10 January 2019   422

In late October, the wife of one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in Norway, Tom Hagen, was kidnapped. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of € 9 million in Monero, according to Norway Today.

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen, 68, was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking. A note with a ransom request was also found there.

Note that Interpol and Europol are involved in the investigation of the case of Falkievik, and the fact of the abduction was kept secret for a long time for security reasons.

Today, January 9, the police confirmed that Falkievik was abducted, and communication with the criminals takes place exclusively through some kind of "electronic platform". In addition, in December, the kidnappers could not provide evidence that she was still alive.

Probably the Falkievik case is the first time in Norway when a ransom is demanded in a cryptocurrency equivalent. Nevertheless, the police recommended that the criminals be denied their claims.

Tom Hagen is the founder of Elkraft AS, a power supply company. His fortune is estimated at 1.7 billion NOK (€ 170 million).

Earlier, employees of the local prosecutor’s office in Kiev and the National Police of Ukraine detained two suspects accused of stealing a miner in March of this year and stealing $ 50,000.

Now they face up to 15 years of imprisonment for robbery committed by a group of individuals in a preliminary conspiracy, infiltration and theft in a particularly large scale.