Crash Safari link tricks thousands on iOS 9.2.1

By Alan Ng - Jan 26, 2016

There is something sinister spreading on social media at the moment and that is the Crash Safari link which forces your iOS device on iOS 9.2.1 to automatically reboot.

This is due to CrashSafari.com, a website that has been set up both as a prank and for security reasons highlighting how easy it is to force Apple’s device to overheat using a simple javascript command that loops over and over.

The important thing to note is that the link itself is harmless and does not pose any risk to your personal data. It merely acts as a major inconvenience as the device will continue to loop this code once you have hit enter on the CrashSafari link – then it will reboot which will obviously stop any browsing you were currently looking at.

Another danger that you need to be aware of, is that many users are seeing the funny side to it and are using URL shorteners with CrashSafari to disguise the link and force the device to reboot, since you can’t see the link you are being redirected to.

As a result, you may want to keep your eyes open for any suspicious activity with shortened links as you may end up on this website – is it the 2016 version of a Rickroll we wonder?

Let us know if you have been tricked by this by your friends. Apple should be offering a CrashSafari fix soon, but there has been no official statement as of yet – we hear that Twitter has blocked those from directly linking to it within Tweets which is good.

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