Effective Power: Apple Messaging Bug Shutting Phones Down
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was minding my own business when suddenly, boom my iPhone 5S shuts off.
I freaked out thinking my phone overheated. After a short time it turned back on and I see I have a new text message.
My hand darts to open it and I see the following:
لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ
Send that to someone with an iPhone it turns their phone off
To say I was confused is an understatement. Immediately my phone shuts off again and reboots right back up.
Upon it’s reload I have a new text message waiting for me. My finger hovers over the message icon, afraid at what I might find.
Sure enough there it is again, the kiss of death!
Now I was pissed and so are a lot of iPhone users. This seemingly random string of numbers that mysteriously appeared on Reddit has the power to shut things down…literally. This trick also works on Twitter and Snapchat
The answer is unknown to why this is possible, but Apple is aware of the issue and is working on fixing it. No date thus far has been announced for the software update.
If you were a victim of this hack there are a few ways to work around it. According to Apple the following works for both messaging and Twitter, but not Snapchat: (quote this below)
- Ask Siri to “read unread messages.”
- Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you’ll be able to open Messages again.
- In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.