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Google Wallet prepaid card hack fixed

Google has found a fix for the exploit that allowed access to Google Wallet prepaid card balances and has turned back on the the ability to issue new cards.

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GOOGLE WALLET: Exploit fixed so Google Prepaid Cards are available again

Google has announced that it has now come up with a fix for a Google Wallet hack, revealed last week, that allowed unauthorised use of an existing prepaid card balance if someone recovered a lost Android phone without a screen lock.

In an update to a post on the Google Commerce blog which explained that no new cards would be provisioned until the expoit was fixed, Google Wallet VP Osama Bedier explains:

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.

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