A newly discovered flaw in iOS is being exploited by a malicious link which freezes iDevices and makes them unusable. The problem seems to affect almost all iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
The dangerous link appears to be capable of infecting iOS versions 5 through 10. As shown in EverythingApplePro’s video below, tapping on the URL takes a person to Safari where a short MP4 video is played. The video is likely corrupted and leads to a memory leak which eventually takes over all processing energy and slows the iPhone to a halt.
An iPhone running iOS 10 beta 3 hit by the issue gradually freezes till it powers off and displays a spinning wheel. The only way to jog the handset back to life is by conducting a hard reboot. Victims can do so by long-pressing the Power and Home button. iPhone 7 owners will have to hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons together.
Apple hasn’t said anything official about the issue as of now. It’ll probably beam out a fix for it in its next iOS update. The precise reason for the bricking hasn’t been determined yet. It doesn’t appear to leave any long-lasting scars on the devices it affects.
A separate lock screen bypass was recently uncovered by iDeviceHelp which utilizes Siri to allow anyone to see an iPhone’s contacts and photos without having to enter a password or using Touch ID. It affects the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus, and the iPhone SE.