Apple iPhone users all around the world, you better be aware of this malicious text message attachment which freezes your Messaging app on a permanent note.
As per our sources, an attachment is in circulation which offers large contacts file sent via iCloud Drive. But this message is, in fact, vindictive and offers tools which make your messaging app completely useless.
Youtuber Vincedes13 first discovered this malicious message and uploaded a video demonstrating the exploit in order to educate other Apple iPhone users. The malicious message has the potential to affect iPhones running on iOS9 to iOS 10.2.1- the beta version.
The video shows to the viewers how the app when received and opened refuses to decipher and freezes the entire messaging application by making the virtual keyboard entirely useless. And the only way to shut the app is to use a multitasking page and swipe it away. But the application doesn’t die out and keeps running in the background.
After 2 hours the malware fails the screen to sleep until the entire battery gets drained out. Rebooting the iPhone or hard resetting won’t help the users.
Apple has assured that if this malware does exist, it will fix the issue via an OTA update soon.
But till then it has warned all users against large files being circulated via iMessages. The technical team has also asked all iPhone users not to tap and try any unknown files circulated through messages.
All these days, only Android OS Phone users were said to be vulnerable to malware threats. They are already enough media reports reporting the sabotage created by hackers on Android-based web-connected devices. The latest in the LG Smart TV cyber attack saga where hackers are seen spreading ransomware.
Perhaps its time for Apple device users to stay super-cautious.