Tech & Science WhatsApp 'Text Bomb' Bug Discovered That Can Crash Your Phone

15:25  09 may  2018
15:25  09 may  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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‘Not only is WhatsApp crashing , my whole system process gets stuck, and I need to restart my phone ,’ said the Reddit user who spotted the bug . This is not the first time that a devastating ' text bomb ' that crashes devices has been uncovered by researchers.

‘Not only is WhatsApp crashing , my whole system process gets stuck, and I need to restart my phone ,’ said the Reddit user who spotted the bug . WhatsApp users are being warned about a new text bomb that can cause their handset to freeze.

a hand holding a cell phone © Brazil Photo Press via Getty Images 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.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by Huffington Post

The message reads simple: “This is very Interesting! 

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