Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, 13:19
Category: Android, iOS, News, security, Software
You’re going to want to avoid this.
A recent link to CrashSafari.com has been circulating around Twitter and other web sites, the site itself doing what you thought it would do and crashing Apple’s Safari mobile web browser on your iOS device.
If you tap on the link on your iOS device, your iPhone will start rebooting right away. On a Mac, you’ll see the spinning wheel of death, but not a complete crash. Some links will point you to CrashChrome.com instead of CrashSafari, which will cause Chrome to crash on any device you use, including Android, but it won’t cause a reboot.
The prank went viral on Twitter on Monday morning, and many users panicked that their iPhones were vulnerable to attack after rebooting. The problem was noticed and explained by security researcher Mikko Hypponen.
The code apparently works by bogging your browser down with a string of characters that grows longer and longer. As the browser continues to try to load the site, it gives up and crashes.
Apple has stated that the company is working on a fix.
The web site is annoying, but not malicious, so keep an eye out and let us know what you make of this in the comments.
Via Macworld and The Guardian