A group of Chinese students exploited a loophole in the KFC app and have been jailed for fraud.
A group of students from China advantage of a loophole in KFC's app and got their hands on almost £22,000 worth of free chicken. One of the group members named Xu, from Jiangsu province, spotted a glitch in the fast-food chain's app in 2018 that allowed users to switch between the app and the restaurant's official Weibo account to generate an unlimited number of free food vouchers.
Naturally, he was 'overjoyed' when he discovered the loophole. I am all in for a lifetime of free KFC chicken. After racking up more free fried chicken than he could possibly eat himself, he started a 'small business' by supplying food to other students.
He disclosed his little secret to four other students and showed them how to use the loophole. Xu’s little feat costed KFC's Chinese parent company Yum China Holdings 58,000 yuan (£6,400) in six months, while his four pals also scammed between 8,900 yuan (£980) and 47,000 yuan (£5,190) each.
They were soon convicted for fraud. The court papers read,
“Being fully aware of this bug, the convicted deliberately engaged in false transactions and illegally profited from them, which constituted the crime of fraud.”
The publication added that the group were aware that the App and self-service ordering system had a 'data out-of-synchronization loophole, and they still conducted false transactions for the purpose of illegal possession and thus illegally obtained property'.
Since Xu shared the information with others, he was found to have committed a crime that carries a five-year sentence but was shown some leniency as he handed himself in and pleaded guilty. Moreover, he is also obliged to pay an undisclosed sum in compensation to KFC.
According to the recent hearing, his sentence was reduced to two-and-a-half years and he was fined 6,000 yuan (£660). The other four students were given sentences between 15 months and two years in prison, as well as fines varying from 1,000 yuan (£110) to 4,000 yuan (£440) each.
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