A new bug is targeting iPhones, and you don't even have to click a link for your phone to be affected.
👋 Effective Power is back, baby!— Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo) January 16, 2018
Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient's device, and possibly restart it. https://t.co/Ln93XN51Kq
⚠️ Do not use it for bad stuff.
thanks to @aaronp613 @garnerlogan65 @lepidusdev @brensalsa for testing!
Basically, a text message CONTAINING the above link can be sent to an iPhone user and freeze their phone, possibly even crashing it.
The worst part? You don't even have to click the link. Just open the text itself. Basically, since iMessage shows you a "short preview" of a link, just opening the text will try to open the website, which is a malicious link.
Sound complicated? It is, but there's a pretty easy fix.
Since the link is to a malicious website, just copy/paste the link from the tweet above into your "blocked sites" setting on your phone
How to protect yourself: block the domain in safari restrictions, iPhone wont overload even if you get the link pic.twitter.com/lHrrczTuWS— Eric Ramírez (@eric_rmrz) January 17, 2018
If you DO get the link and it crashes your phone, just go back into iMessage once you've rebooted and delete the entire text thread.