Treat for life! Hacker decodes trick behind free Domino's pizza forever
New Delhi: Whether it’s a birthday party, a first salary celebration or a weekend, pizzas are what go along well with all these occasions. This Italian dish is a must in any and every treat that one throws or goes for.
An all-time favourite, pizza always stays on the top of every foodie’s list. But the only thing that forces one to think twice before ordering their favourite pizza is the heavy price tag.
No more! Much to the delight of every pizza-lover, a hacker has cracked a genius way of ordering Domino's pizza for free.
Paul Price, a cyber security expert based in the UK, is the man behind this delicious discovery.
He took to his blog to explain the process and share his experience. He wrote, “My interest was piqued when I spotted that once a customer had finished ordering they would sometimes be sent a £10-off voucher code for their next.”
This intrigued him further to know how the voucher was generated.
“The Domino's app itself was processing payments client side via a payment gateway.
“This isn't inherently bad if it has been correctly implemented with the appropriate server side checks - it's just very bad practice,” he explains further.
He then used this major loophole to place an order without making a valid payment and emerged successful in doing so.
“I called the store and they confirm they have received my order and it will be delivered within the next 20 minutes. My first thought: awesome. My second thought: s--t,” he said.
But, guilt soon made him admit his secret way and give up on having free pizza for life. He immediately informed the delivery boy about the same.
“The pizza arrives and I tell the delivery driver there must (have) been a mistake with the order as I never entered any card details and wanted to pay with cash. He happily leaves with £26 and my conscience is clean,” he says.
Rod Brooks, Domino's head of IT, later confirmed the security flaw has been fixed.
“We take security extremely seriously and discovered this issue last year during one of our frequent reviews,” he said. “We are pleased to say it was resolved very quickly.”