Are you looking for a way to pull a prank on one of your friends? Then you should definitely stay away from the five-second video that can brick any iOS phone.
Recently, many iPhone users have reported that their handset powered off unexpectedly right after opening a clip downloaded from the Internet. According to their statements, it would seem that after downloading the presumably infected clip, the phone would freeze and restart without any warning.
Of course, this issue was reported to Apple which recently released an official statement regarding the freezing issue. According to the company, it would seem that the five-second video produces a memory leak, which causes the phone to lock up, forcing you to perform a restart.
So, how can you avoid crashing your iOS phone? First of all, according to the users who experienced the issue, the five-second video cannot be played online. It will need to be download into your phone’s memory.
Usually, we can tell in an instant if content is fake or legit by taking a closer look at its URL. The problem is that many choose to mask the content’s URL in order to make it look legit. So, this means, that the next time you’ll try to download something from the Internet, there are high chances of getting the five-second iOS-crashing video.
Bottom line – what can we do in order to prevent getting this video? First of all, don’t download video from the Internet from unknown sources. It’s ok to download clips from legit sources like YouTube or Vimeo, but avoid getting your stuff from untrusted websites.
Secondarily, keep your eye on the video’s URL. If you spot enticing messages like “amazing video” or “you won’t believe your eyes”, do not download it to your device. More than likely, the URL is probably infected with a malware agent.
Finally, if a page tells you that you need to download a video in order to view it can only mean one thing – the video is a fake, and it probably contains some nasty stuff.
As for the five-second video that crashes iPhones, Apple is currently looking for a way to patch the problem. According to sources inside the company, it would seem that the malware was specifically designed to target a vulnerability of iOS 10’s security network.
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