Security Loophole: Simple Text Message Can Cause IPhone To Crash (Video)

| by Dominic Kelly
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A Reddit thread has exposed an iPhone security bug that allows a simple text message sequence to shut down a person’s phone (video below).

The recently discovered security vulnerability has many iPhone users worried their phones will be easily manipulated. If someone sends the particular string of text to an iPhone user, the phone itself will, in most cases, automatically shut down.

On May 27, Twitter users we sharing that their phones were being shut off by friends who sent them the text message, or that they had been nonstop sending the text to friends to prank them.

“Next time someone with an iPhone pisses me off, I'm going to send them that effective power text,” one Twitter user wrote.

“And…. stuff like this is why I’m leaving Apple for good,” another user wrote on The Blaze. “Goodbye, and good riddance!”

Some commenters claim their phones haven’t shut off after receiving the text message, but others seem to have experienced the issue firsthand.

So far, it doesn’t appear Apple has fixed the bug.

Sources: The Blaze, Reddit, Gizmodo, The Verge

Photo Sources: The Blaze, Gizmodo