A devastating ‘text bomb’ that crashes Apple devices has been uncovered by researchers.
The ChaiOS hack, which causes devices to crash and can delete all your messages, affects any device running iOS and Mac OS.
A fix for the issue, which is not the first text bomb to hit Apple, has not yet been created but is expected in future updates.
The latest text bomb vulnerability is similar to a bug called Effective Power which was first reported in May 2015.
Malicious messages containing the word ‘Power’ as well as Arabic and Marathi characters and the Chinese character meaning ‘redundant’, were sent out.
They also crashed the Messages app, and if an iOS user received the text while their handset was locked the bug would force their phone to reboot.
Social media users at the time complained of being repeatedly sent the message by mischievous friends.
Technology experts are calling on anyone who comes across the new link, which contains the flaw discovered by software developer Abraham Masri, to refrain from sending it to friends.
The flaw was discovered by software developer Abraham Masri, based in Chicago, who shared a link which can be used to crash the app on social media.
This redirects the Messages app to a page stored on Github, a hosting service ford computer code, which exploits the bug.
It does so through massively long strings of text information, which overloads the system.
Reported effects include freezing, crashes, restarts and resprings, a process which takes about 10 seconds and returns you to the Lock Screen.
Mr Masri wrote a warning to accompany the link he shared on Twitter, ‘do not use it for bad stuff,’ but it seems likely that pranksters and others will make use of the code for malicious purposes.
Technology experts are calling on anyone who comes across the link to refrain from sending it to friends.