If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you should watch out for a link going around that will make your device freak out and possibly shut down.
Internet jokesters and those friends of yours who just want to watch the world burn are spreading around a link to http://www.crashsafari.com (this URL is unclickable for hopefully obvious reasons). The links are sometimes hidden in shortened URLs, which tricks people into clicking on them. The site will crash the Safari browser, and cause a partial reboot of your iPhone or iPad. You can try it if you want, but we did warn you.
Matthew Bryant, a 22-year old who works in application security, created CrashSafari.com back in 2015.
“In my spare time I often test how browsers will handle odd code that gets thrown at them,” Bryant told Wired. He came across a code that would overload Apple devices, and then created the website “purely as a joke.”
Video blogger Tom Scott made a YouTube video explaining exactly how the website works.
In the video, he explains that websites designed to crash browsers aren’t rare. What makes this website different is that the code overloads each device to the point where it causes a partial reboot.
Scott stresses that the website isn’t harmful in the way that it allows other people remote access to your phone or data. It’s just annoying because it closes down the browser.
In summary: avoid CrashSafari.com. It’s not fun, and you won’t like it.
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