How to (Hopefully) Fix Your iPhone After Receiving a Malicious Text
Apple is currently working on a fix to phone reboots and crashes after receiving a certain line of code in their text messaging app.
Be careful when you check your iPhones messages because a phone-killing line of code could be in your inbox.
An iOS bug was recently discovered that can crash iPhones and force them to reboot. It is a very specific strand of text, but those who know it can use it to mess with other people's devices.
9 to 5 Mac has some user-submitted solutions if you become a victim to the crashing text.
Have the person who sent you the malicious message send another message effectively canceling out the initial strand. Alternatively, send yourself a message via Siri, the share sheet, or from your Mac. Another reader notes that “sending a photo to the contact via the Photos app can allow them to access the message history and delete the conversation.
Apple is aware of the issue and working to put out a fix in the next software update. This is not the first time an issue like this has surfaced, but with hackers continually tinkering with the system it won't be the last.