Do not try this with your iPhone. A malicious video link has been found infecting iOS devices and freezing them completely. The bugged .mp4 video when played in Safari is causing the devices to crash, ultimately requiring a hard reboot. Although the link doesn t immediately render the device useless, it gradually slows down the device before complete freezing. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Discovered by YouTube channel EverythingApplePro, the extremely short three-second clip is of someone standing by a bed with the words “Honey” written across the screen. Once the clip is played, affected iPhones will remain usable for a couple of minutes before freezing completely. It has the same result even if you do not let the video play completely. The malicious link appears to affect only the iOS platform — iOS 5 onwards. iPhones running the newest iOS 10.2.3 beta version are said to power off and continue to show the spinning wheel indefinitely. Although it is not clear why the video is having such an effect, but reports suggest that it could be a corrupted file or one infected with a malicious bug. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
Apple periodically updates iOS to ensure such bugs are taken care of. However, as an end user, one needs to be cautious while clicking on suspicious links. In case you do happen to run the bug-infected video on your iOS device, you could easily fix it yourself as the bug doesn t seem to have a long-term effect on the phones. All you need to do is hard reboot the iPhone by pressing and holding the home and power buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears. To hard reboot an iPhone 7, you will need to hold the power and volume decrease buttons together. After the reset, the iPhone should be able to restart normally. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 10.3 beta comes with SOS feature for Indian users
This isn t the first time that a certain iOS bug has been so powerful in its nature so as to render the device useless. Earlier this year, a certain combination of date on an iPhone was discovered to completely make the device useless and unable to reboot. The iPhone has an option to change the date as far as the beginning of the 1970s. However, changing the date on recent models of the iPhone to January 1, 1970 made the devices useless. Several users who attempted to test the hack confirmed that the device indeed refused to reboot.
Last year, a text bug was discovered in the iOS platform, dubbed the effective power which had similar effect on the iPhone. If anyone sent the ‘effective. Power’ text, it was found to shut down the iPhone . This, however, had no impact on the sender s device but on the recipient s iPhone. The bug did not affect Android or Windows phones. ALSO READ: Beware! Facebook will disable your account if you share this cat photo
EverythingApplePro tested the new infected video link on multiple iOS versions and found same results. While we do not recommend you to test out the malicious link on your device, you can check the demonstration video below to see how quickly the bug infects the iPhone.