This Is How Some Students from IIIT Hyderabad Tricked FoodPanda To Order 6 Lakhs Worth Of Free Food

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FoodPanda Order Confirmation

Few students from IIIT Hyderabad found a bug in FoodPanda’s payment gateway that allowed their users to place orders without making a single buck of payment. With this bug these students were able to order free food of worth nearly 6 lakhs. The bug was reported by a startup called Brthe.

  1. Build your order as you’d usually do, use the coupon code ‘welcome’ which is only applicable for new users and check out.
  2. Fill out the details and click on the payment options. PayUMoney is the preferred option for this as it offers an additional discount.
  3. When you are at the final payment page, hold on for a while without closing the tab or making the payment.
  4. Within seconds you’ll receive a message from FoodPanda stating your order has been placed.
  5. Click on the “back to foodpanda.in” button.
  6. Voila! You’re food shall be delivered.

FoodPanda Order Confirmation

“We at Brthe have a chrome extension that prompts the most suitable coupon to let you order food at the best possible price and have a good user base in IIIT-H. It was the evening of April 8th, we noticed our chrome extension getting abnormally large traffic. When we checked on this, the news about the bug was spreading through IIIT hostels like wild fire. Each person went on to fulfill their food fantasies. After all free food does taste better. The fanciest desserts from Baskin Robins and the largest pizzas were from Papa John’s were ordered. Delivery boys queued up outside the campus for hours after the gates closed. According to the students, orders worth over 6 lakhs were placed,” said the company in blogpost.

FoodPanda

In response, rather than resolving the issue, FoodPanda first shutdown services in Hyderabad, and later restricted the shutdown to the Gachibowli area where IIIT Hyderabad is located.

They said that the site was facing ‘technical issues’, because of which the site was down in the city.

Source: Inc42

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