PayPal/Google Pay Bug Exploited By Hackers Last Week

Some potential bad news if you have a PayPal account. Hackers have found a bug in PayPal’s Google Pay integration and are now using it to carry out unauthorized transactions via PayPal accounts:

Since last Friday, users have reported seeing mysterious transactions pop up in their PayPal history as originating from their Google Pay account. Issues have been reported on numerous platforms, such as PayPal’s forums, Reddit, Twitter, and Google Pay’s Russian and German support forums. Victims reported that hackers abused Google Pay accounts to buy products using linked PayPal accounts. According to screenshots and various testimonies, most of the illegal transactions are taking place at US stores, and especially at Target stores across New York. Most of the victims appear to be German users.

Now the good news is that this was fixed over the weekend. But it illustrates the dangers of having an app or service connected to another app or service. Thus my advice is to always double and triple check every financial app or service that you use to ensure that there isn’t any sort of fraud taking place, and only link apps or services that you absolutely need to link. That way you minimize the risk being a victim of something like that.

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