Earlier today Italian technology blog Mobile World found a new bug that people can use to crash your iPhone. It will also remove your access to iMessage and third-party applications such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
The prankster can activate this bug on someone’s iPhone by sending a message including a character from the Indian language Telugu to the victim. When the person receives the message it will trigger the iOS SpringBoard application to crash and it won’t load up again until the bug gets fixed. If you’re unlucky, this might make your iPhone crash repeatedly and a DFU reset will be required to fix it.
It’s fairly easy to solve if the bug was activated via iMessage. If someone else sends you a message you will be able to open the application where you can delete the message with the Telugu symbol. If a third-party application caused the problem the fix will depend on which app it is and sometimes it might be impossible to solve if you don’t have web access turned on.
It seems like the bug only will affect phones with iOS 11.2.5 as well as Safari and Messages on macOS. Have you been affected by this? Let us know in the comments!