iOS device owners may want to be very careful about the links they receive as users are reporting that a video is going around that will crash iOS devices when viewed through Safari.
First reported on reddit, it appears that this particular MP4 video causes a memory leak of sorts that would eventually result in a frozen device once viewed through the Safari browser.
This video will cripple any device that runs on almost any iOS version, beginning with iOS 5. This means that your iPod, iPhone and iPad are equally susceptible to the memory leak caused by the video. If you would like to see this problem in action, here’s a video of it by EverythingApplePro.
Fortunately, the damage the video does to iOS devices seems to be limited to a frozen device. No known backdoors or malicious code were installed by this video, so it appears that it is more of a nuisance rather than an outright sinister attempt to compromise your devices.
If you rather not be affected by the memory leak, the easiest thing you could do to prevent it from happening to you is to not click on unknown links that are provided by strangers.
Currently, the video is known to be hosted on vk.com and testtrial.site90.net, so ignoring unknown links from those addresses would be a good idea.
In the event that you’ve stumbled upon the video completely by accident, all you really need to do to unfreeze your device is to hard reset it. Once done, you’ll be able to use your device as per usual.
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