Social media sites caught fire in recent days as trolls have new tool to crash safari, and force iOS devices to reboot. The tool is a website suggestively called crashsafari.com, which requires a single click for your browser to instantly go down and iOS mobile devices to start over.
Unfortunately, many people abuse of the situation and disguise the link to the site into shorter URLs such as bit.ly and send them to unsuspecting victims with a message prompting them to click.
Though the move can temporarily shut down Safari, experts said that they didn’t notice any permanent damage to the app or devices. Some users’ reports show that the link can cause phone reboot on iOS. On desktop, the browser will freeze, so you will be forced to close and restart session.
On Twitter, the prank escalated pretty quickly with dozens of malevolent users sending the link with a tempting message just for the fun. But iOS experts say that for the Apple operating system and devices the link could be harmful. As a result, while Twitter may soon ban pranksters, it is highly likely to receive the link privately.
The developer behind the website is Matthew Bryant, a 22-year-old developer who found the glitch and exploited to make a phone crashing tool and have some fun. The glitch is related to a Java script error. Experts explained that whenever somebody accesses the link the address bar is flooded with infinite strings of data forcing the browser to collapse.
Experts found that the prank works on Chrome browsers as well on all platforms, but in that case iOS devices do not reboot. On the latest beta version of iOS, Safari crashed but the phone was not affected, cybersecurity researchers found.
Still, this isn’t the first time a troll finds a bug and exploits it to crash a web browser or even destroy private devices. Three years ago, a simple message could also crash Safari.
In 2015, a glitch was exploited to force iPhones to reboot by simply sending a text message with a random string of letters. The glitch was so severe that users had to follow a series of step-by-step instructions to prevent their phones from showing the message in preview mode which also crashed the devices. In the end, Apple released a patch that fixed the problem for good.
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