The online dating website OkCupid, first developed and launched back in 2004 by Harvard students, was hacked by the clever mathematician Christopher McKinlay. He did not do anything to cause harm to anyone including the website. He rather used a smart reverse-engineering algorithm to sort out the women who best matched his interests.
The story of McKinlay who has a PhD in mathematics is quite unique. One sunny day in the summer of 2013, while he was sitting in the computer lab waiting for a complex computation to finish, he decided to kill some time while browsing the OkCupid website. It was then when it struck him, he was using it the wrong way. He decided to use his math and statistics skills to optimize his profile to the maximum.
Since the OkCuping matches people based on their answers to 350 questions with rated importance, McKinlay created a computer program that collected the data of nearly 20,000 female users. He also collected more than 6,000,000 matching answers of those users by using several dummy profiles. Based on the collected statistical data he discovered incredible patterns of the female users who matched his profile and therefore optimized it accordingly.
Soon after that his inbox started to get flooded with messages from attractive women living nearby his location. His profile showed 90% match rate with more than 30,000 local women. McKinlay went on 88 real life dates and he finally found his perfect match: a 28-year-old masters student at UCLA called Christine Tien Wang. The two are currently engaged.