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  • The "Yo" Messaging App Skyrockets in the App Store Charts, Security Vulnerability Found


    The Yo messaging app which debuted earlier this year recently rocketed up the iOS App Store charts where it is currently hovering between the 4th and 6th spot among top free iPhone apps in the United States. For those of you who didn’t know, the simplistic app does nothing more than allow users to ping contacts with a simple “Yo” message. The app may be gaining traction with its quirky ease of use but a recently discovered hack which was confirmed by Yo founders to TechCrunch may be putting users’ personal information at risk.

    According to the folks over at TechCrunch, a student at Georgie Tech discovered a flaw that allows a nefarious user to discover the phone number of another Yo user, spoof a message from any Yo member and send a text-based push notification to the device of another recipient. Yo founder Or Arbel confirmed to TechCrunch the service was having “security issues,” but didn’t provide any details on the vulnerability, only stating that the issues will be resolved soon. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    Founder Or Arbel has now confirmed that Yo was “having security issues”.

    He told TechCrunch: “Some of the stuff has been fixed and some we are still working on. We are taking this very seriously.”

    He said he could not reveal which hacks were still live. He said the company has brought in a specialist security team to deal with the issues

    Arbel said he hoped the security problems would be fixed “in next few hours.”
    According to the folks over at Valleywag, the idea for the app, Yo, came from Israeli investor and Mobli CEO, Moshe Hogeg, who wanted an easy way to communicate with his secretary. Developer Or Arbel ran with the idea and created the Yo app, which Hogeg now uses. Life Before Us LLC, the company created by Arbel, recently received $1 million in angel funding to continue development of the Yo app.

    Source: TechCrunch, Valleywag
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The "Yo" Messaging App Skyrockets in the App Store Charts, Security Vulnerability Found started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Jozelito617's Avatar
      Jozelito617 -
      App is from the word "yolo" search it on google lol
    1. ryu111's Avatar
      ryu111 -
      Yo
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      We put a lot of work into the icon, it is truly amazing. The fine detail, the edge and the design of it is truly amazing.

      -Jony Ive