Customers of takeaway food app Deliveroo have had their accounts hacked and run up bills for food that they did not order, according to an investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme.
One user said that £200 was spent on burgers delivered to several addresses.
The firm said the hacks were carried out using passwords stolen in previous data breaches on other companies.
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One expert warned that the firm must improve security.
Deliveroo denied that any financial information had been stolen.
“Customer security is crucial to us and instances of fraud on our system are rare, but where customers have encountered a problem, we take it very seriously,”
“We are aware of these cases raised by Watchdog – they involve stolen food, not credit card numbers. These issues occur when criminals use a password stolen from another service unrelated to our company in a major data breach.”
It urged customers to use “strong and unique passwords for every service they use”
But technology expert David McClelland told the BBC’s Watchdog that Deliveroo could do more.
“When we buy things online, the more hoops we have to jump through to complete that purchase, the more likely we are to go away and do something else instead.
“Deliveroo realises that – so tries to remove as many of the hoops as possible. However, some of the hoops that Deliveroo are removing are there specifically for security purposes. So while it may be making it easier for us to place orders, it is also making it easier for us to be defrauded.”
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