Client Starbucks in Buenos Aires has accused the popular company in the illegal bitcoin mining using personal laptops customers.
Not exactly free WiFi from Starbucks
Visitor cafe Noah Dinkin found out that the laptop used for mining cryptocurrencies via free Wi-Fi at Starbucks. He said this on Twitter 2 Dec.
As proof was published a screenshot, which clearly shows that the supplier of Wi-Fi at Starbucks is a 10-second delay during the initial connection to wifi in order to use the client for mining.
Message Dinkin gathered more than 100 comments in social networks. Cafe customers expressed concern about the low level of security provided by Wi-Fi. Some noted that the script is free Wi-Fi at Starbucks actually mines Monero, not bitcoin.
Other commentators suggested that the whole story may be a PR move for the company. This theory is confirmed by the fact that this incident occurred in a cafe, and such mining could bring are actually just a few cents a day.
Delayed reaction Starbucks
Starbucks representatives have clarified the situation only after 10 days.
The company responded to the accusations Dinkin on Twitter.