Google is rewarding Google Wallet users with a $5 pre-paid card. The reason? An exploit that gave thieves access to Google Wallet prepaid accounts on stolen phones. All one needed to do was clear the app’s data and re-provision it. To remedy the exploit, Google eventually secured it with a Google Account password, but not before disabling and re-enabling the ability to create a new card. $5? That’s it?
About the inconvenience, and the subsequent $5 compensation, Google said:
We are happy to announce that you can now add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet with the newest version of Google Wallet, and any funds that you previously had on the card should be restored, unless you contacted Money Network and asked for a refund of those funds. To add the Google Prepaid Card back, you will first need to update your Google Wallet application to the most recent version.
To compensate you for any inconvenience this may have caused, we have credited an additional $5 (five US dollars) to your Google Prepaid Card. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 855-492-5538.
Let’s hope the Google Wallet saga has come to a close for good with the $5 payout. For you patient Google Wallet users, it sounds like today’s Subway $5 footlong is on Google.
[via Pocket Now]