Barely a week after Housing.com Rahul Yadav was booted from his CEO role, the real-estate website has been hacked. Yadav was fired from his post after controversies regarding his behavior towards investors and media. The homepage has been replaced with a screen that apparently shows support for the ousted CEO. The screenshot has the hashtags #rahulyadav and #housingdown, along with the message, “Yes! We will solve real estate, but 10X better with The Chief Architect.” Another message from the hackers reads, “We’ve achieved a lot in the last 3 years, but the game has just begun. Yet, We are hungry for all!” Coincidentally, Rahul Yadav posted a photo on his Facebook account last night with the message, “Assemble the Avengers. The world needs saving again!”
Housing.com insiders are not new to hacking websites. According to an anecdote, Yadav and his friends once hacked the website of a pizza joint, because it wouldn’t return the money they had wrongly paid for. Yadav had courted quite a bit of controversy for his eccentric behavior and recently earned the title of being the ‘Arvind Kejriwal of Indian Tech startups’.
From giving up all of his shares to employees, to asking Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal and Ola Cabs CEO Bhavish Aggarwal to do the same – he earned quite an reputation in a short span of time.
Last week at a board meeting however, Yadav was sacked citing his “behavior towards investors, partners and the media.” Yadav, in his usual over-the-top way, reacted to the situation by comparing himself to Iron Man. Yadav, along with his IIT Bombay friends started Housing.com in 2012. The company is now valued at Rs 1,500 crore and has gained $120 million is total funding so far. Recent reports also claim that online classifieds portal Quikr is said to be looking to buy Housing.com for Rs 1,100 crore ($175 million).