hack ? How i am able to edit other people profile.

Recently from many facebook friends and some readers of Medianama has pinged me to know, how i am able to hack accounts of other. It is very tough for me to reply to each and everyone, so this blog post.

Before I write few points

  1. I will explain in detail, how i am able to get full access of other people profle
  2. I have NOT HACKED, they have kept the site open by mistake. I am good guy :-), It is like I have not-unlocked the LOCKER, but they have kept LOCKER open.

What was the hack?

  • To edit your profile, i need your userlogin/email + password. But what if i can login as you, without your id and password?
  • I can see, To whom you have sent interest, Who all has sent interest to you, You accepted/rejected interest of which user.
  • I can change your profile. [Any part of profile]  [Text change will go into moderation to, rest all change will reflect instantly]
  • I can view your contact/mobile/land line number.
  • Simply, I am logged in as you, I can even send interest to other people 🙂  Or whatever i may wanted to do with your profile.
  • This hack was not applicable to all and any users, but only some users!  But as  is out of top most 50 sites visited in India, that *Some users* count is also not small!

How to do the hack? [PS : has fixed this, and after his CEO confirmed me on FB, I am disclosing how this was done]

  • Open Yahoo,google,bing and copy paste without quote in search box. “eml-trk”  [Use Yahoo/bing, as it will give you more results, means you can access more profile]
  • here is one simple link,
  • Now you click on any of the result,  you will get access to some users full profile! Yeah, you can edit/change/express interest with those user 🙂
  • You think this is Simple & Stupid? Even any 10th pass can get access of many many users in less than a minute time? Yes, you are right.

I Dont Believe

Do check Screenshot.

i can edit profile of user swati mittal

i can edit profile of user swati mittal. This is some random user, i dont know who she is!

shaadi hack

the same user has sent interest to what all user?

PS1 :  I have masked detail which is either private/personal or sensitive.  User’s name is anyway publicly available.

PS 2 : Anupam Mittal  [who is CEO People Group, has sent FB msg to me]

“thx for feedback. Issue is addressed. Was a bug that got introduced in the last dev cycle.”
PS 3:  I have not disclosed to anyone “How to get access of profile of” until has fixed it. If you are beginner hackers like me, follow good practice who is willing to fix the bug.


PS4 [Read it carefully] : I have not edited/changed/sent interest etc with any profile of which i was having access. But…. reported immediately to and Team @ Shaadi has fixed that quickly.   However  apart from me someone else might be in knowledge of bug and they might have done nasty stuff, So it is best for you to  cross check your profile/sent interest/recved  interest in detail, You only had sent interest to some person, or Some hacker has sent  interest to other on your behalf. Same way, someone has sent you interest or hacker has sent you interest as other person.



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If you are not hectic, something is wrong with your startup!

Startup, working hard, no sleep in 3 days during launch….
Post launch critical bugs, changes missed, user feedback, analytics….

Need improvement, push marketing, back to back interview with reporters, tv interview, person working with you get mood off, dont work for a day, time of launch he told he got new assignments, changes needs to roll-out, coding done, testing failed, needs to handle troll, Still you need to wakeup, answer question to users and friends, needs to code, needs to push. There is no way around…….. Do or die………….. Be crazy, work constantly 28hr a day !

That’s lot of fun…….. Handling tension, craziness and users !!!

Now dont get much senti…… if you are having startup or in past have startup, you understand each word…. not only understand but feel it…………….. And what keeps you going ????

This type of users crazy feedback !!!

Share ur car,
towards mumbai show ur pyar.
locatn nr ho ya far,
mak travel budies yar.
@smart_mumbaikar=safar widout suffer

link :!/ChoopaRustam/statuses/193577834361528322

And looking forward to meet @ChoopaRustam tomorrow with TV9 team. You deserve a lot, your feedback keep us going…tirelessly!

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Note to and Medianama !

I love and Medianama both, since almost they started !

The only thing i hate about both is they are very much and only india specific !!!  And hence there are two limitation

1. they only cover India specific news,review,start-up updates etc.
2. In turn, which will attract mostly Indian audience, and product/start-up/news covered on those site is consumed only by Indian readers !

I can surely **predict** both are having capacity to go beyond India but I don’t know why ?

Another interesting part, when I talked to couple of Startups, they told, why should they got featured in or Medianama, instead they loved to be featured on TNW and PO (penn olson), interestingly both blogs have started india specific news recently, and if Indian Startup got featured on TNW or PO, they are having much wider audience then or medianama !

Unwanted Advice : Go beyond India. [I am not telling don’t cover Indian start-up, I am not telling to cut India specific news, I am telling to expand !]
It will help, start-up, and interestingly Indian Startups as well. It is win-win for everyone, and I don’t see any reason to limit yourself.

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why mobile4mumbai’s project is secret ?

So couple of friends, startup folks, tech-geek and very efficient media people asking me since last 2 month constantly, what is the secret project ? Why i am not discolsing details ? Startup should tell and get early feedback ? copy cat is good ?

The only reason i dont disclose this project is not fear of copy pasting, but it will impact millions of people in mumbai the way they are travelling. I have made early mistakes and I am sure at right time, the news will be out.

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Afsos/Regret :

Very rarely i do regret of my did, right or wrong. [i do many wrong things ! 🙂 ]

Today i was having wish to do Jain upvas (fast), whole day nothing to eat/drink and till 4:30 pm everything went well.

4:50 pm was feeling energy less (almost)
5:15 pm tried to control.
5:30 pm called up at home, talked to family members and informed about to break-up !
5:35 had two cup of tea.

In life, something you want to do by heart and soul, but sometime it will not happen !!! A great regret and failure accepted 😦

God gives my mummy and all other tapasvi a great sukh-shata and energy.

Jain Jinendra
Raxit Sheth

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Non-startup manager (wants to execute his idea)

Super cool part :   Want to hear from You !!!!

This is Real. Just not relieving name, But the guy approached me is good friend, Management degree from *i*ie. I know him since last around 4 years, good industry experience and smarter than me !

As I am working on my start-up  full time [or even when i was doing job], was there to help startup, sometime from technical point, sometime from helping them in getting word out and sometime getting them intro with right people or first hire or first small set of beta users and sometimes just to hack their website 🙂 !  This guy approached me around 3 weeks back.

About Idea :
I found problem is interesting, and not the idea (or solution) ! But as you know **problem** is the main thing, idea/solution might got change later 🙂

Main problem is again Mumbai+Mobile+Commute/Transit ! On which We [yes, me + one guy from iit-kgp + few more friends having good exp in app dev!] are working at Mobile 4 Mumbai

We are trying to make super cool algorithm, works in cloud and some proxies work on your mobile [or using missed call (we are just trying) !] and as this guy was knowing some detail and he is also trying to solve similar problem, we got connected to discuss the idea.

Initial conversion was to understand the things out. After 2-3 call, powerpoint exchange by him here is what our mail conversation goes on.
<Normally i don’t put my mail out, and this time with permission from him !>   99.9% un-edited !

Hey  <Name>


I am interested in Idea, but quick queries/clarification

1. Are you willing to take plunge and got full time for this ?
2. If yes, can think further, or else my main focus should be mobile 4 mumbai. <hyperlink was not there in e-mail 🙂 this is edit ! >
3. Technically, some algo parts we are developing, it can be re-usable, Also key-challenge is non-technical and i do have some more thoughts. <but only if someone is  You are working full time 🙂 >


Hi Raxit

You got me buddy!

One of the reasons why I threw the ball your way was my inability to devote time to developing this idea.

For personal reasons I am not in a position to get full time into this – at least for the next 12-16 months (may be after that, but not clear at the moment); there are some commitments due to which I can’t jump right now.

However, I understand your need to focus on your current a*******e application; and agree that key work to be done in this is non-technical. I have reached out to a couple of folks to see if anyone is keen on this – but no luck yet. I am especially looking for someone who has an understanding of managing field sales.

In any case, once you are done with your current apps, if the idea is still relevant and you are are interested, you can take it up. Same goes with me – if by the time I am in a position to take the plunge full time, and the idea is still relevant, I will take it up.

Also, feel free to share the idea with anyone who you think may find it keen to work on – I am more interested in seeing the idea take shape than doing it myself.


Thoughts to Discuss :
<deleted as I want you to put comment 🙂  and I wrote some comment to screw up and with really bad words that I don’t want to get published on my blog>
<Put both type of comment, keep yourself as Me and think and comment. Keep yourself as the idea guy and think and comment !>

PS : If you are willing to work on Mumbai+Taxi, I may put you in contact with the guy! <I will not put anyone in contact who is just curious to know the name of the guy !>



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Note to startup Techy

Hi Techy people,

you think you can code, i can also code. Coding must be done for technical founder. i also thought 🙂

One time, i got seek for 3-4 days. Work was getting almost stopped (even after failed attempt to code in bad health). Go and build team, it is most imp…

Easy to write, i just had talk with 4-5 small startup and they are finding difficulty in getting on the board folks. we are also having same difficulty….but luckily, smarter people are working with m4mum then i expected…..

they also code, i also code…. But i have to say, they are Faster, better and smarter than me… no shame 🙂

This is very imp. part to get on the board more techy/nerd/smart people than yourself.

Raxit Sheth


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