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Single message will freeze your WhatsApp - or even your entire phone

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 07 May 2018 4:18 User comments (1)

Single message will freeze your WhatsApp - or even your entire phone

There's a nasty, malicious WhatsApp message spreading across the World that can freeze WhatsApp - or even your entire phone.
One of these messages is masked as a challenge and reads "If you touch the black point then your whatsapp will hang" - and if you do touch the black spot, your WhatsApp does exactly what the message "promises" it will.

The other message says "This is very interesting" and has a cry/laugh emoji. Tapping that message will have similar consequences.

Why such messages crash WhatsApp?

The message itself might seem short, but in reality, it consists thousands and thousands of encoded character in it that are just hidden, as they're mostly text directionality symbols, instructing which way to output the text. Thus, opening up such message will simply cause a memory leak in WhatsApp - and in some cases, with your phone.

So, never trust weird WhatsApp messages from people you don't know about.

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1 user comment

18.5.2018 05:48

Just another reason to ditch the obsolete and poorly coded WhatsApp and use any other messaging app instead. Telegram anyone?

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

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