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January 26, 2016

Web Link Causing iOS Devices to Reboot, Macs to Crash

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If you are a Mac, iPad or iPhone user, be very careful about what links you click on today.

Some Twitter users have turned trickster and are posting a shortened link that directs your browser to CrashSafari.com

While most users are likely smart enough not to click on a link that says CrashSafari.com, the shortened URLs have tricked more than 100,000 people into tapping on it.

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If you do tap on the link in iOS, your mobile device will reboot itself. On a Mac, however, it will lock your system as the dreaded spinning wheel turns endlessly.

According to MacWorld, some of the links also take users to CrashChrome.com, which will cause Chrome to crash on Android as well as iOS devices.

A report from The Guardian revealed the code slows your browser using a string of characters that continuously grows longer and, as the browser struggles to load the site, it eventually crashes.

While being the victim of the link is an annoyance, it will not cause any damage to your device.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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