WhatsApp ‘Text Bomb’ Bug Discovered That Can Crash Your Phone
WhatsApp Text Bomb Bug the world’s most popular messaging app, is a popular haven for spam and malware. Now, there’s a new bug that is being forwarded via WhatsApp messages and can crash not just the app but also your Android phone. It reportedly contains a code which when tapped overloads WhatsApp and even the OS, resulting in a crash. This comes as WhatsApp plans to add new features to the instant messenger, including playing Facebook and Instagram videos in picture-in-picture mode.
A WhatsApp Text Bomb Bug has been discovered that if opened, causes the victim’s phone to slow down and then crash. The message, which has been shared on Reddit, looks innocent enough but hidden inside it are thousands of simple commands that are designed to overload a smartphone’s operating system.
Once a person taps on the “Read More” the phone will immediately slow down and in most cases completely crash, forcing the user to restart their phone. These types of bugs are more annoying than they are directly harmful in that much in the same way that hackers overload websites with traffic, these messages overload smartphones with hidden code.
“As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app ‘expand’ the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS,” SlashGear reported. Such messages or “message bombs” are not new and not limited to Android. Even iMessage is not immune to bugs that could send the app crashing
The genuinely dangerous WhatsApp messages (WhatsApp Text Bomb Bug) however are the ones that contain actual links. For years hackers have used simple round robin messages that then contain links which when tapped on, will download viruses onto the smartphone.
So while this ‘text bomb’ might cause you some minor inconvenience, the good news is that it’s unlikely to cause any permanent damage to your phone as long as you delete it the moment you get it or after you’ve restarted your phone.
“There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded. One involves an ominous black dot that comes with a warning on what will happen if you tap on it which most curious cats will do anyway,” the report added.
Another “message bomb” which is causing the messaging platform to crash is more “nefarious, looks too innocent” and does not come with a warning. The message includes special characters that do not display visibly but are used to change text behaviour. A superfluous amount of these invisible symbols causes WhatsApp to freeze.