We all have that one friend. You know, the one that likes to do the most obnoxious things possible to mess with us. Well, if you have one of those friends and you also happen to have an iPhone then you should be wary of a certain text message that might be coming from them.
Brick your iPhone Messages App and more
A new exploit was recently discovered in Apple’s iPhone Messages app that will crash the app when a certain line of text is sent to your phone. In some cases, the message bricks the phone entirely. The line of text that is the culprit looks like this:
لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗
Bigger problems and how to fix them
Gizmodo noted that if you receive string it will lock down your Messages app until you receive a new message in the conversation. The second message sent doesn’t have to be anything special, just as long as it is sent to the same conversation. In addition to Gizmodo, The Verge also reported that if you have your Messages app open when you receive the text you won’t be able to reopen the conversation without the app crashing. Should the text arrive when you are at your lock screen, you won’t be able to open the Messages app at all.
Some iPhones have reportedly crashed entirely after receiving the text without warning and that the bug also works on the messaging service WhatsApp. Thankfully there’s a solution, but only if your friend is nice enough to send you another text. Apparently, you can use either Siri or your Mac to text yourself, which can apparently also fix the problem.
Other iPhone issues
This isn’t the first problem people have had with Apple’s iOS and it certainly won’t be the last. When users downloaded iOS 8.1 update it caused WiFi problems and even battery issues. Apple quickly fixed the problem after backlash from customers. There was even an exploit in iOS that allowed a hacker to continuously restart people’s iPhones and iPads as many times as desired if a person connected to a certain WiFi hotspot. If you’re worried about being exploited by a hacker by using an unsecured WiFi network, read: How To Be Cybersmart…
So the takeaway from this is: warn your annoying friends now that if they even think about sending you this message then they will face severe consequences and be careful with your iPhone as they seem to be particularly susceptible to irritating shenanigans. Content originally published here.
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