Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

This link will crash your iPhone or Mac


First discovered by jailbreak developer Abraham Masri, the new bug (dubbed "chaiOS") can cause crashing, freezing, resprings and more on both iOS and macOS.

Every few years or so, news breaks about a new bug that can cause iPhones and Macs to crash. If Messages app continues to crash, you might have to restore your iOS device, which is a pain.

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Bugs like this are a nuisance rather than a genuine worry, and Apple does tend to roll out updates for such issues pretty quickly, so there's a good chance it will be fixed in the near future.

It does so through massively long strings of text information, which overloads the system. Plus, if you send it from an Apple device, it will lock you up, too.

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Technology experts are calling on anyone who comes across the link to refrain from sending it to friends. That said, chaiOS doesn't pose a serious or immediate threat to the stability of the affected device, so it might be a while. From there, he said, the app won't load any messages and will continue to crash.

"Please don't be tempted to try the text bomb attack out on anyone else - you're not being amusing, you're just being a jerk".

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Malicious messages containing the word "Power" as well as Arabic and Marathi characters and the Chinese character meaning "redundant", were sent out. You don't even need to open it: the pressure put on the unit to render the preview shown in Messages is apparently enough to force the application to crash.

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