Jonathan’s Card Shuttered By Starbucks But Revived In ‘Sequel’ Experiment

Jonathan’s Card Shuttered By Starbucks But Revived In ‘Sequel’ Experiment
technology

While one consultant's social experiment in generosity became another programmer's experiment in the re-allocation (and re-valuation) of collective funding, what are the security implications?

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 16 august 2011

We were alerted (thank you, M. Ristori) to the unfortunate fact that Jonathan’s Card — mobile application consultant Jonathan Stark‘s experiment in human generosity, digital currency and mobile payments — has been forced by Starbucks to shut down after one programmer (Sam Odio) demonstrated just how accessible funding of a ‘shared’ account is, by writing a script that alerted him as to when a substantial donation was made. This allowed Odio to access and re-deploy the funds to another account. He ultimately decided to ‘sell’ the money he transferred out of Jonathan’s Card as a $500 card on eBay, with the intent that proceeds would ultimately be donated to Save the Children.

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