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Google Wallet security hole gets patched

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Google Wallet security hole gets patched
That recently discovered security hole in Google Wallet was something that even those with little to no hacking skills could exploit. It was even simpler than the brute force attack method that we reported of last week. All that was needed in order for the hack to be performed is to wipe the data in the app settings, after which the app resets itself and requests a new PIN. Once a new Google prepaid card got activated on the app, all the funds that were previously available on Google Wallet magically became accessible.

Fortunately, Google has already patched that security hole, and Google prepaid cards can be issued once more. Here is a statement that was posted on the official Google Wallet blog:

Yesterday afternoon, we restored the ability to issue new prepaid cards to the Wallet. In addition, we issued a fix that prevents an existing prepaid card from being re-provisioned to another user. While we're not aware of any abuse of prepaid cards or the Wallet PIN resulting from these recent reports, we took this step as a precaution to ensure the security of our Wallet customers. If you are unable to access your previous prepaid card balance for any reason, please contact our toll-free support for assistance.

So, Google Wallet appears to be safe once more. But have all those recent hacks affected your trust in Google Wallet in a negative way? Is it only a matter of time until another exploit gets discovered? Do not hesitate to share your opinion with us by dropping a comment below.

source: Google via Gizmodo

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posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:01 1

1. cybervlad81 (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)

I personally feel the same about it, but I expected there to be issues, especially if someone had your device... The last issue was a pretty bad one, but nothing I didn't expect for such a new piece of software.... Just another reason to lock your phones.

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