Someone hacked and looted flipkart and amazon few months back!
January, one of India’s major e-commerce firms discovered that someone has been buying goods on its platform for free for several months.
A hacker, operating from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, had exploited a loophole in its payment system to manipulate it and avail 100% discount on almost anything he purchased for about six months. It would have continued had it not been for another hacker — an ethical one — who spotted the loot and helped the ecommerce company save the day.
“We hacked in to the e-commerce platform from outside and were able to buy almost anything for free,” said the 20-something ethical hacker who helped the company. “It may be little complicated for you to understand, but simply put, an algorithm was developed which manipulated the payment gateway in to reading duplicated discount codes,” the youngster said.
E-commerce and mobile app-based service providers such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm and Ola are increasingly roping in ethical hackers to look for loopholes in their system by continuously trying to hack into them from outside and report back to the company even as they grow their business in the country at an astronomical pace. In some cases these ethical hackers also help companies fix the glitch.