This 24-Year-Old Reverse Engineered The McDonald’s Mobile App To Track Every Broken Ice Cream Machine In The Country

Ashley Hendricks October 24, 2020 7 No Comments

This 24-Year-Old Reverse Engineered The McDonald’s Mobile App To Track Every Broken Ice Cream Machine In The Country

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A young guy has solved one of food fans’ largest pet peeves.

24-year old applications engineer Rashiq Zahid had, had enough when he could not purchase a McSundae from McDonald’s throughout the company’s mobile program. Determined to find out which places had a busted ice cream system, Zahid set his specialized abilities and enjoy the McSundae to utilize.

“I reverse engineered Mcdonald’s internal api and I’m currently placing an order worth $18,752 every minute at every Mcdonald’s in the US to figure out which locations have a broken ice cream machine,” he tweeted, along with a map which categorized McDonald’s places all around the nation by broken or functioning ice cream machines.

“The resulting website —McBroken.com–displays every McDonald’s in the U.S. as either a red or green dot based on if the ice cream maker is functioning. Admittedly, individuals have attempted to cope with this matter before, however McBroken seems to be the initial website to publically provide up the information in essentially real time at each McDonald’s,” FoodAndWine.com nations, also noticing that, based on Zahid’s website, New York is leading the pack with the most broken ice cream machines.

Zahid advised The Verge, “I love poking around in different apps and just looking at the security features and the internal APIs. I am pretty familiar with how to reverse-engineer apps. I was like ‘Okay, this should be pretty easy.’”

McDonald’s VP of U.S. communications and government relations David Tovar went on record to applaud the young king, tweeting”Only a real @McDonalds enthusiast goes to those lengths to assist customers get our delicious ice cream! So, thanks! We understand we’ve got some chances to always satisfy even more customers using sweet treats and we shall.”

 

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