This WhatsApp spam message may crash your smartphone

08 May, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • WhatsApp is Crashing? Beware of the Spam Message'Don't Touch Here

"The trendy message which is getting forwarded these days, reads, "I can hang your WhatsApp for a while just touch below message" and is followed by the message, "don't-touch-here".

This isn't the first time this kind of message bugs have emerged.

As you may have guessed, there's nothing particularly special about WhatsApp: the bug is related to Android's text rendering engine, so nearly any app that displays text is susceptible to it (Chrome seems to be immune to the bug, however).

It should be noted though that the black dot prank message only works on Android smartphones, following an iOS bug that blocked WhatsApp and other communications apps.

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"As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in-between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app "expand" the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS", points out SlashGear.

"In both cases, the message includes special characters that don't display visibly but are used to change text behavior". The repetition is too much to handle that the app and the phone crash. At present, WhatsApp has yet to acknowledge the bug but it goes without saying that an update should be forthcoming to address the issue, if not already released. Or, you can use another messaging app.

Android smartphones with massive processing power might be able to survive the message with just a hanging WhatsApp, but other devices will likely see WhatsApp crash.

So far, at least two variations of the message bomb have been identified. If your entire smartphone is locked, you will need to restart it by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds. "Create a report of your WhatsApp account information and settings, which you can access or port to another app". You will also have to copy the message from the Pastebin link and not through the thread itself.

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