WhatsApp Bomb Messages Crashes Android and iOS Smartphones - Beware!

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For instance, back in February, it was found that receiving a message with a single character from the Indian Telugu alphabet would crash multiple apps on iOS, including WhatsApp, as well as the iOS Springboard. If a specially crafted message, found on Pastebin, is sent to a device, it can manifest in the aforementioned behavior, thanks to tens of thousands of invisible "left-to-right" and "right-to-left" control characters placed between the emoji and the final quotation marks. The repetition is too much to handle that the app and the phone crash.

One type of WhatsApp forward contains a black dot which comes with a useful warning about what will happen if it's tapped on.

Revealed on Reddit, the message reads "This is very interesting!" and signs off with the popular "face with tears of joy" emoji.

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Earlier on Monday, Slashgear reported that a bug is being forwarded via WhatsApp messages. When a user taps on message, the hidden symbols expand, that causes the app or the phone to go down. Then the company is also working on double stickers for both iOS and Android. The content of this message is " Who says that your smartphone cannot hang, along with, don't-touch-here' and also ' i can hand your Whatsapp for a while just touch below message". It is advisable to not click on such buggy messages when received from unknown people.

Although it might appear at first that the black spot itself is causing WhatsApp to momentarily hang once someone taps on it, India Times explained that there's something else in play that makes the prank effective, if supposedly harmless in the long run.

It is best to avoid such messages and delete it from your beloved smartphones. In the meantime, consumers should be sure not to open any suspicious messages they receive. In order to experience the feature, WhatsApp users will need to update their app to version 2.18.138.