Warning: Malicious link crashes Apple’s iMessage
The website link exploits a bug in iOS and Mac devices, which results in a crash
A malicious link is causing Apple's iMessage on iPhones, iPads and Mac devices to break and freeze, forcing the messaging app to become unusable.
Dubbed ‘chaiOS', users who receive the malicious link will be immediately affected as the feature typically allows users to preview web links. On clicking the link, iMessage will crash completely.
The bug was reportedly first discovered by Twitter user Abraham Masri and the folks over at 9to5Mac then tested it out. They experienced crashes and severe lags and was only resolved once the link was deleted from the iMessage app.
Whilst the link is said not to cause any permanent damage the iOS devices, it is advised to not open link, as well as to forward on the message. The solution offered is to force close the Messages app, reopening it to erase the entire conversation thread and restarting the device.
Apple has yet to comment, however it's likely the company will rollout a software update to resolve the issue.
Effective Power is back, baby!
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!
— Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo) January 16, 2018