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New text message can permanently disable the Messages app on most Apple iPhone models

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In the past,we've told you about malicious text messages that can cause your iPhone to freeze. Last month, we warned you about a certain 3-second video from VK.com (which could be hidden under a goo.gl or bit.ly URL shortener) that will at first slow down your iPhone, and then freeze it. A hard reset is the cure.

Now, there is a new text message circulating via iCloud Drive that can damage the Messages app permanently on any iPhone running iOS 9 to iOS 10.2.1 (Beta 1 and Beta 2). This is accomplished by presenting the app with a humongous file that it is unable to decipher. As a result, once you try to open the attachment that comes with the text, the app is frozen. Going to the multitasking page allows you to swipe it away, but when opening the Messages app again, you are met with a white screen that eventually sends you to your home page. The bottom line is that the malicious message prevents those affected from being able to send and receive text messages.

Hard resets won't solve the problem and neither will turning the phone off and on several times. Obviously, this is a serious matter. If you receive a large contacts file via the Messages app, do not tap on the file. And we seriously suggest that you do not try to entice your friends or family to open it, either.

While Apple will most likely send out a fix OTA to remove this threat, be cautious about the messages you receive.

source: vincedes3 via RedmondPie

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posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:00 3

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I'm sure Apple will be on top of this.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:03 45

2. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


iOS , only OS in the world hackable by SMS lol.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:04 4

3. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


That time I restated people's iPhones by sending SMS , luled.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:36 5

10. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/android-malware-sms/

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 12:25 18

21. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


What are you trying to say dude , this is an APP that has to be installed on device by stupid users. Jeez get overyourself and send me your phone number lel.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:53

37. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


The point.

1.8 million feet

Your head.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 13:21 13

27. sissy246 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


No one said it's never happened to Android.
Its Apple users that brag how safe IOS is.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:10 11

4. blingblingthing (Posts: 578; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Bu bu bu Apple fans said iPhone was safe. It is Android that isn't safe

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:26 3

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


No phone is safe.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:38

12. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Android, the only OS where something like Carrier IQ and stagefrightgate can occur.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 12:15 13

19. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yea back in 2015, guess Apple is trying to copy Android again

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 14:15 9

31. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And yet you claim that you aren't an iOS user and are a proud Nexus 6p user.
It's time for you to come out from your closet and admit you're an iPhone user, because trust me, no one is buying your crap.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:10 7

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My boy is back.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:54 1

38. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Yup, he's back.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:03 3

51. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Check his comment below, he couldn't come up with a new insult, so he is using yours lol

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:25 1

53. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


http://cdn.pophangover.com/wp-content/uploads/butthurt.jpg

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:36 9

61. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So you steal the exact same "butthurt report" that I posted in another article, but you don't mimic anyone? Looks like you're drunk off of that Hypocriskey that you've been talking about.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 02:24

94. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Don't flatter yourself. The world doesn't revolve around you. It's one of the first few images in Google search. You and your 8 aliases would know that if you actually used your brain...assuming you have a brain.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 02:37 2

104. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)


In other words:

"Hell yes I mimicked you, Meanestgenius. I'm nothing but a simpering, brainless idiot that loves to mimic you and further reveal my hypocrisy. I also love to project on you the fact that I have several multiple accounts, but I'm not man enough to admit it. I'm also extremely jealous that the one upvote I got was from the one faux account of mine that hasn't been banned yet."

There. I fixed your BS post for you.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 11:08

123. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Translation from bullsh- to English:

"I'm just projecting again. Mxy has once again put me in my place and I'm too much of a cowardly keyboard warrior to admit it to someone far superior. I'm just a simple knuckle dragged with an uncanny ability to deflect and project. "

No need to thank me.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 12:15

133. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lmao! Here you go mimicking me again, and you're using your 12 year old replies again, just like NoToFanboys said. You're so predictable and pathetic. You're even using my term that I use to describe you all the time, "cowardly keyboard warrior". I really am your idol. You want to be me so bad, I bet good money that you'd break into my house just to try on clothes and colognes. You'd probably even drink my bath water, thinking it would bring you closer to being me.

You're so pitiful and pathetic.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 15:15

142. darkkjedii (Posts: 24906; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm eating popcorn to this thread LOLLL.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 15:47

143. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lmao! This is quite entertaining, isn't it?

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 04:02

147. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


You making yourself look like a tool is entertaining.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 07:28

151. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You making yourself look like an idiot is always entertaining.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 04:02

146. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Lol can't say you don't get any entertainment from Jerry(me) and Tom(alpha).

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 07:30

152. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, still mimicking me all the way into 2017, huh? I already used that line on you first in a BlackBerry article. New year, but same old mxy mimicking me in an attempt to be me.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 03:15 1

115. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2976; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


And he's throwing those 12 year old replies again.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 11:09

124. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Spoken like a 12 year old.

posted on 30 Dec 2016, 19:45

144. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2976; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Thanks for proving my point.

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