Nowadays, a new text bug is prevailing, which has been discovered by the Italian blog mobile world.
According to reports, just something as tiny as a single character at the right place can block you out of your phone. That character can crash the operating system of an iPhone and restrict the usage access to the text messaging service in iOS as well as other communication social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp and even Gmail.
It is reported to be a highly effective as well as sensitive bug that is not only limited to the smartphone device is manufactured by apple. It has been found that this bug prevails along an expanded range of devices produced by apple including macbooks and iPads as well. Even though i-watches are being affected buy this latest update to the OS! With this text bug being a highly sensitive flaw in the operating system, which means any person can easily manipulate it.
As seen and reported as well, a person can send a specific character from the Telugu language which is one of the most widespread language spoken in the southern region of the Indian subcontinent, and the receiving Apple device user is going to be locked out of all the communication applications in his phone. This takes privacy breach to a whole new level since there has not been such a bug that is sensitive up to this level that it can be manipulated by any third party.
Once the recipient receives a simple message containing the symbol or typed that symbol into the text editor, the character immediately instigates crashes on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and Apple TVs running Apple’s iOS Springboard.
Apps that receive the text bomb tries to load the character, but fails and refuses to function properly until the character is removed—which usually can be done by deleting the entire conversation.
Now let’s look at how this bug works. Once the person at the receiving end receives a single message containing the symbol from the Telugu language or if that character is typed on the application which helps to edit text in Apple devices, it immediately causes crashes over wide range of Apple devices including iPads and Apple TV’s as well! The apps which are on the receiving end of the text are reported to not handle the character well and cannot integrate it according to the software and that is the reason why all the apps failed to load and forced stop until the character is deleted, and the only way to do so being to delete the entire conversational chats.
The most easy way in which you can delete the message which is causing all the applications to crash is to ask someone to send a message on the application that is misbehaving so that you can skip onto the notification and thus delete the entire conversation between you and the sender.
What the application has been known to do is disable all the third party applications installed through Playstore which are mainly for conversational purposes, which may include WhatsApp, Messenger etc. But at the same time it has been found that the Telegram and Skype applications have not been affected and can handle the character well.
Author: Yogesh Prasad
Ethical Hacker, Cyber Security Expert, Information Security Consultant, Founder – Hackers Interview