University Students Exploit Foodpanda to Order 6 Lac of Free Food

Students from IIIT, Hyderabad (India) recently discovered a bug that allowed them to order food from FoodPanda — a Rocket Internet company that also operates in Pakistan — without paying for it.

As you might have guessed, it didn’t take long for the news of the bug to spread across campus. Students managed to rack up orders worth 6 lakh rupees before foodpanda wised up and shut down the site in the city.

Here is how it worked. Students ordered the food and used a coupon code which was only allowed for some users. When the time came for payment, they chose PayU Money which is popular amongst students since it offers a few additional discounts. Before they hit purchase, a confirmation message arrived that signaled their food was on its way.

The issue was highlighted by, the makers of a Chrome extension that suggests coupons to use for getting discounts on food. According to a post on their blog,

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.

In the wake of the event, foodpanda shut down service in the city and later in the area where IIIT was located. The Indian startup community was outraged at how the bug was exploited and after hearing recruiters were reconsidering whether they wanted to pick students from the university, a student representative stated that money was being collected and foodpanda would get what they were owed.

via Inc42

Talal is a Director at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]

  • Ahmed Habib

    Ha, another prove that we are teaching our children hacking in universties and schools and are unable to teach moral activities! If school can’t do this, then shut them down as not worth paying fee!

  • Ibrahim

    Thats why i hate pakistanies. Bullshit people. I feel really sorry for you and ashamed of bieng pakistani.
    foodpanda. :( .

    • Asad

      why shame on Pakistanis? are you on drugs? the articles says it was exploited by Indians.

      • HABIBA

        ye wohi log hain jo sirf heading parhte hain n poori kahani apne zehen mai khud bana kar..poore social media pe comment karte phirte hain us news pe….sahi kaha Ibrahim bhai..bullshit people like u exist here

    • Munni

      Oh bhai booti to nahi charh gaye subah hi subah. Aankhain kholo aur dekho to howa kahan hai.

    • Majid Khan

      MFK, you should ready full story :@

    • guest

      @disqus_61qXJccutH:disqus tu pakistan se dafa ho ja , kion pakistan main rehta hai, beghairat insaan.

      Article aankhain khol kar parh India main hoa hai ye.

    • Enraged

      chootiye its IIIT Hyderabad (INDIA)

    • Engr Atif

      I think you are in sleep,they are Indians

    • Muhammad Naeem Uddin

      wow yar lanat he aap pe kasme

    • Eliot Hayworth

      Is chutiye ki bori tayyar karo. Khushboo laga k isko le jayega hum :D :P

      Seriously? Nasha kia hua tha isne jab isne news parhi?
      Itna too ashamed hai agar Pakistani honay pe toh dafa hoja yahan se mkc teri

      • Ahmad Khan Sabri

        Us nay parhi hi kab hay wo to logon ki comments dekh kar likh raha hay bhai. Sirf presence show karnay k liay.

    • guest

      Phappa kutni aurtoon wali harktain

    • Ramz

      Poor Indian! Please read article, if you can read.

    • Ahmed Habib

      Asal m ye imran khan ka agent maalom hota. Pakistanio ko saudia sy larwa dya ab pakiz ko pakiz sy lrwana maqsad hy iska

      • maisam

        Saudi apkey behnoi lagtai haien?

    • Ahmad Khan Sabri

      You are right. You must ashamed of

    • Hasan Ali

      The full article is in english and the poor guy facing difficulty while reading.

    • Fang

      Read the article first. You’re full of bullshit

  • Muhammad Alam

    What was the Bug, i couldn’t understan? :(

  • Muhammad Alam

    Ahmed Habid Uncle bache to shrartey krte hein, itna mind kyu krte ho. i appreciate that they discovered a loop hole in well established system.

  • Manish.LA

    Who said its a HACK? It just a glitche or bug! Don’t name it as hack bhai.