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Careful: this video link will crash your iPhone!

Careful: this video link will crash your iPhone!
iPhones and their operating system — iOS — are usually considered to be quite stable and un-corruptable. Apple's closed off file system and other such restrictions may be annoying to the modders out there, but definitely do their job to cement the aforementioned notion. However, every once in a while, something threatening pops up — sometimes, it's malware hidden dormant inside apps in 3rd party app stores / sideloadable apps; other times, it's a bug within the operating system itself, which looks pretty random but manages to completely crash the iPhone. For example — last year, we had the text bug, which caused an iPhone to go haywire if it accepted a specific string of characters in a text message.

Now, there's another exploit making the rounds. It's a video link to website VK.com (careful, it can still be masked via a goo.gl or bit.ly shortener). When the user follows it, the video will, indeed, play — it's a short 3-second clip that doesn't seem to have any meaning. Minimise the video when you're done and you can continue using your phone for a few seconds. But then it will start slowing down, functions like the home button or on-screen buttons will stop responding, and, eventually, it crashes.

A hardware reset is proven to fix the issue. Not to be confused with Factory Reset, which wipes your phone, hard reset just means that you are using the hardware controls to force the iPhone to reboot. If you happen to receive this message and your phone freezes — press and hold the power and volume down buttons (could be power and home on devices older than the iPhone 7).

The videos below demonstrate the glitch and show that it will crash all iPhones, from the iPhone 7 with iOS 10 down to the iPhone 4 on iOS 5. We don't feel comfortable with posting the link in this article and we wouldn't suggest using it to prank people, as whether it has any permanent effect on iPhones is yet unknown.

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11 Comments

1. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Frank my friends, and all of them work normally, after a reboot

13. AlikMalix unregistered

I've tried on my 5s. It crashed, so I had force reset the device. It also crashed my frineds HTC M8. LOL.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1514; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I just tried it on my old 6S Plus which has a severely shattered display and I think something must have happened to the buttons when it fell because I can't even hardware reset it...oops. Will have to wait until the battery drains I guess.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1514; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Edit: Only problem is...it feels like the device is getting incredibly hot, so I put it out on the back deck with a bucket of water nearby just in case.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn, you're poor iPhone has had a rough life. You should set up a camera to catch it burst into flames should the worst case scenario occur. Hopefully it doesn't, but at least you could share the results with this site, and we call all learn from your urge to play chicken with a malicious link.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And I thought that iOS is the most secure OS in the world...?! But still, I think Android is more vulnerable to this sort of attacks...! And if you don't know it already, that's coming from a Nexus 5 & Galaxy S6 owner... G'Day!

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This is actually rather concerning, this is the second instance within the last few weeks where a simple link can, albeit not long term, severely impact the functionality of the iPhone. An embedded video on a web page and a link to a simple java script should not have the ability to hijack your phone. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Teen-gets-arrested-after-tweeting-a-link-that-forced-iPhones-to-call-9-1-1-over-and-over_id87195

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Then this video will explode an Android phone!!!!!!

12. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Don't try this on Android. Some for some phones it does nothing, others act similar to iphone, but some phones get bricked.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am just a little confused, are the videos above the videos that will mess up the phones? Why would you post the link in the article? because someone will try it and mess up their phone.

15. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'iPhones and their operating system — iOS — are usually considered to be quite stable and un-corruptable' Says who? LOL

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