Yo, the fairly new app that allows users to send out a “yo” to their friends, has been hacked. A student that attends Georgia Tech worked with two partners in order to bring down the buzzed-about app.
The app actually never was intended to be a serious endeavor. In fact, Or Arbel, one of Yo’s engineers, states that the app was just a short-term project that caught on far more than intended. It’s since drawn in over a million dollars from investments though.
Apparently, the student was so proud of his work that he got in touch with tech site TechCrunch to give them the lowdown of how he had had broken into Yo. The student shared this: “We can get any Yo user’s phone number (I actually texted the founder, and he called me back). We can spoof Yo’s from any users, and we can spam any user with as many Yo. We could also send any Yo user a push notification with any text we want (though we decided not to do that).”
Most of the time, if a hacker’s caught, the company that suffered from said hacking certainly wouldn’t be happy about it. They would perhaps consider taking legal action or definitely ban the user from the site entirely. However, that’s not exactly how this story ends.
Instead, Arbel stated that this experience served as a job opportunity for the hacker student. “One of the hackers is now working with us on improving the user experience,” Arbel told Entrepreneur in an email.
The student’s new freelance position works out well for both parties. Arbel states that he feels particularly fortunate regarding the turn of events. “We were lucky enough to get hacked at an early stage and the issue has been fixed. We are also lucky because this hack and security breach is really highlighting what Yo is, and what we are all about,” he said in a post on website Medium.