Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

This black dot bug is crashing iPhones

An iPhone bug can cause your iMessages to crash.                  CNET An iPhone bug can cause your iMessages to crash. CNET
Emmett Howard | 11 May, 2018, 05:33

Its understood that the text message is being circulated by friends as a prank to their WhatsApp contacts, to deliberately crash their phones.

A recent report revealed that a WhatsApp prank message featuring a black dot was making its rounds on the Facebook-owned communications app. If this specially crafted text is sent through the Messages app, then it will result in repeated crashes when the recipient tries to read it. The message being sent is filled with numerous invisible Unicode character that can cause iPhones and iPads to use up massive amount of memory and CPU cycles to process it all. Called "Chat Filter", this new WhatsApp tool will allow users to quickly search through their messages, filtering them per unread chats, groups and broadcast lists.

Apple is usually quick to respond to these bugs so we are expecting a word from the company and a fix to address this issue soon. The problem is extremely crucial given the idea that any message with more than two emoticons or emojis could get your device to crashing down in the meanwhile, be it your Iphone or Ipad either of the two being operated on an iOS 11. Users could also go to another iCloud synced device, and delete the message from there, 9to5Mac notes. The malicious message was being spread with a series of emoji including a black dot, which has led to it being referred to as the "black dot" bug, but the real cause is similar to the WhatsApp bug reported earlier. If you click on the message, your app will freeze indefinitely again. Other than iPhones, the bug also affects macOS, tvOS 11 and watchOS.

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And by wiping out your account you wipe from existence not just your account info and profile photo but your contribution to WhatsApp groups and your entire message history from your phone and your backup.

You can do this by using 3D touch on Messages app icon on the homescreen, and then tapping on "New Message".

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