The homepage of the website shows a cryptic message, which seems as a call for its co-founder.
The defaced Housing.com home page showed the message: “Yes! We will solve the real estate, but 10X better with The Chief Architect.” The Chief architect here, refers to Yadav who was sacked by the Board of Directors, blaming him for his unfavourable behaviour.
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The page of the website was filled with the following messages.
Yadav has however denied that he by any means is behind the hacking incident. He denied his involvement on his facebook page by saying that, “I would have DESIGNED it better. #NotInvolved #LoveYouTechTeam”.
J Prasanna, director, Cyber Security and Privacy Foundation, a non-profit organization in Bangalore said that, Housing should get a thorough technical assessment of the website. He added that in a live portal, there are more chances of compromising a lot of data of the consumers.
“In this case, the hackers decided to publish the hacking. What if the hackers don’t publish this and the data is sold to competitors or rogue elements? These guys did for publicity, but not everyone would do it for fun.”, Time of India quoted Prasanna as saying.
Housing.com’s board released announced Yadav’s release on the 1st of July. The board released a statement that day indicating his ouster from the online realty company.
The press release said, “The board believes his behaviour is not befitting of a CEO and is detrimental to the company, known for its innovative approach to product development, market expansion and brand building.” Yadav, the release said, would “no longer be an employee of Housing and be associated with the company in any manner, going forward”.