A prank that is annoying as fuck for victims has surfaced online once again.
Basically people are sending each other links to a website called crashsafari.com. Can you guess what it does?
True to the site’s name if you click a link to it from the Safari app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac your device could crash.
That is because the site generates a ridiculously long, and increasing string of characters that Safari struggles to process. The device will heat up, crash, and then reboot.
Security expert Mikko Hypponen has provided a warning as to the type of links to avoid…
Right now, lots of jokers are posting shortlinks to 'crashsafari․com'. The link will reboot your iPhone. Watch out. pic.twitter.com/3mZby5Xpo2
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) January 25, 2016
According to the Daily Mirror Hypponen has said the links are increasingly being disguised by link shorteners such as bit.ly and ow.ly.
Needless to say victims aren’t finding it as funny as the pranksters.
— Sonia (@gabardine) January 25, 2016
— Sean Sullivan (@5ean5ullivan) January 25, 2016
someone send me that crashsafari shit one more time ?
— ++ (@notGabri) January 25, 2016
If everyone could stop sending me the safari crash link that'd be fantastic
— L'enfant Sauvage (@mccoy_kaden) January 25, 2016
Apparently over 100,000 people have fallen victim to just one abbreviated link alone.
Wow. One “Crash Safari” short-link has been clicked on more than one hundred thousand times… pic.twitter.com/JqotjPiN1j
— News from the Lab (@FSLabs) January 25, 2016
Android users are not entirely safe either, with it reported by the Daily Mirror that the link can have a similar effect on Chrome.
So far it appears there are no long term effects, your device should just reboot.
The same may not be said of your relationship with whichever annoying git happens to send you the link.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.