Prank Cause Safari to Crash, Leading iPhones and iPads to Reboot
iPhones and Mac are an all time favorite target of pranksters. Some Apple users are receiving links that take to them to the prank site crashsafari.com. After launching this site, the iPhones and iPads will automatically reboot. The prank site contains a never ending code in the address bar. As this string grows, it becomes hard for the browser to load it, thus making it crash. If you are an iPhone or iPad user, your device will heat up trying to run the code and will lead to a reboot due to exhaustion. All this happens within the 20 seconds when the site loads and then eventually causes the device to reboot. Mac users, however, will have to face safari crashing but would not have to suffer automatic reboot, reports Digital Trends.
It is not just the Apple devices but also chrome users that are being targeted by the prank site, affecting users on Android, PCs, and Macs, making it slow as Chrome tries to load the code. Users will have to reboot their device for it to stop, The Telegraph says. This is not a new problem for the iPhone users who already fell victim to this last May when a bug in text messages locked them out of their messaging app and also crashed their phone.
The experts recommend that the best thing to do in this case is to refrain from clicking on any links that come from someone you don't know. You need to be more cautious if the links are shortened. There has already been a shortened link that was clicked on more than 100,000 times. The iPhone users must be very careful about what links they open on their device, as reported by The Guardian