And in other news, there’s a shady video floating on the Internet that can turn your iOS-compatible device into a brick. The new malware has no official name, and no one knows where it came from or how it was discovered. What we do know is that it can seriously cripple your iPhone once it has been downloaded.
Rumors about the shady video that can crash an iPhone have been around for a couple of times. Many iPhone owners reported that their handheld devices powered off out of the blue after they download a video.
Of course, one can’t think of a better prank to play on a friend who owns an iPhone, but Apple’s security experts warned us that such software could seriously damage our phone.
So, how does the shady video work? Now, as we know, we can easily tell if a video is legit or part of a scam by taking a quick look at its URL. The problem is that, in most cases, a video clip’s URL is masked, in order to conceal the nature of the video.
Perhaps some of you can relate to this issue. One instant you see a download link for a cute cat video and the next moment your phone starts to display some pretty disturbing content. This is part of living in the age of the Internet: you don’t know what you’ll stumble upon until it’s too late.
Now, the shady video that allegedly crashes iPhones is hidden behind a safe URL. Once you click on it, the video will be automatically downloaded to your phone. However, according to several sources, the video poses no threat during transit. It only acts out once you open it from your phone.
Apple specialist said that once the malware video is opened, it triggers a memory leak, that forces your phone to lock up and prompting you to restart it. The memory leak triggered by the shady video is intimately related to an iOS 10 security vulnerability.
While Apple assured us that the problem will be patched as soon as possible, we have to made due in the meantime.
So, how can you protect your phone against such a threat? First of all, don’t click on links found on untrusted websites. Second, if the page prompts that you have to download a movie to see, it means that it’s a hoax. Finally, refrain from downloading shady content from untrusted websites.
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