Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Hacked

Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Hacked

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CurrentC, a mobile payments solution and competitor to Apple Pay, hasn't launched officially but its already been hacked, reports Business Insider.

The company has sent an email to pilot users which reads:

Thank you for your interest in CurrentC. You are receiving this message because you are either a participant in our pilot program or requested information about CurrentC. Within the last 36 hours, we
learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you. Based on investigations conducted by MCX security personnel, only these e-mail addresses were involved and no other information.

In an abundance of caution, we wanted to make you aware of this incident and urge you not to open links or attachments from unknown third parties. Also know that neither CurrentC nor Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) will ever send you emails asking for your financial account, social security number or other personally identifiable information. So if you are ever asked for this information in an email, you can be confident it is not from us and you should not respond.

A PR rep for CurrentC confirmed the email saying:

"Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app. Many of these email addresses are dummy accounts used for testing purposes only. The CurrentC app itself was not affected.

We have notified our merchant partners about this incident and directly communicated with each of the individuals whose email addresses were involved. We take the security of our users’ information extremely seriously. MCX is continuing to investigate this situation and will provide updates as necessary."

Ultimately, the hack isn't a major one but it is an embarrassing one as CurrentC has been thrust into the spotlight after retailers began disabling Apple Pay in favor of the mobile payment solution. More details on how CurrentC works here.

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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Hacked

downer - October 30, 2014 at 10:39pm
I couldn't believe that anyone would signup to any kind of onine retailing methods that involve mega-hacked Target. Sorry, dudes, CurrentC is not for me.
Samsheeps - October 30, 2014 at 10:41pm
I bet at least zero use it.
asdfghjkl; - October 30, 2014 at 7:06pm
This is one of the few thing Android and Apple users can agree on CurrentC sucks b@!!$
TechnoGeek - October 30, 2014 at 1:38am
"Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Hacked" I love the title, how it can be easily misinterpreted. It could just be me? lol Welll CurrentC sucks and it's going down baby,,,,,Going down.....
Good. - October 29, 2014 at 6:32pm
Worthless piece of sh*t.
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