‘Text bomb’ bug slows down Apple’s iPhones and Macs

A new flaw called “text bomb” has been discovered, affecting Apple’s iPhone and Mac computers.

The flaw typically causes an iPhone to crash and makes the Safari browser crash and causes other slowdowns on Macs.

The bug is activated by simply sending a message containing a link which pointed to code on the programming site GitHub.

Security expert Graham Cluley wrote on his blog: “The bug does not present anything to be particularly worried about – it’s merely very annoying.

“Something about the so-called ChaiOS bug’s code gives your Apple device a brainstorm.

“Ashamed about the mess it gets itself in, messages decide the least embarrassing thing to do is to crash.

“Nasty. But, thankfully, more of a nuisance than something that will lead to data being stolen from your computer or a malicious hacker being able to access your files.”

The code has now been removed from GitHub, disabling the “attack”.

Written by Leah Alger