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?

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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