A Couple of Texts Can Crash the WhatsApp & Android Device

HIGH ALERT WhatsApp users! Beware of spam message 'Don't Touch Here'

What is The Black Circle of Whatsapp? Dont Panic!

The poster named "DieHoe" warns users to use it carefully, although if it crashes people's WhatsApp and makes their phone hang, why would you want to forward this kind of message. The black Circle blocks your phone when you press it and you have to restart your phone. This one read, "If you touch the black point then your whatsapp will hang", followed by the second line with a "black dot" and the words "t-touch-here". Another message says, "This is very interesting" with an emoji of a laughing face. The message when converted into HTML reveals that the text consists of RLM (right-to-left mark). The bug occurs when a specific malicious message is sent to a device. It is specially crafted because it is created to lure users into tapping a portion of the text so the hidden symbols are expanded, which then overloads the app and even the entire operating system of the smartphone.

Although seemingly brief, the messages contain tens of thousands of invisible "left-to-right" and "right-to-left" control characters that can overload WhatsApp, causing the app to freeze up or the whole mobile operating system to go down.

Android smartphones with massive processing power might be able to survive the message with just a hanging WhatsApp, but other devices will likely see WhatsApp crash.

Message bombs are bugs which are being forwarded via messages. If you receive any such buggy messages on WhatsApp, it is advised to not click on them, and simply ignore.

The uplifting news is you don't have a considerable measure to stress over, regardless of whether a friend who loves jokes gets you out with one of these messages, you only need to reset your telephone to bring it back.

In light of reports throughout the end of the week, a few varieties of the message appear to do the rounds, so we can't let you know precisely what to search for. Also, avoid forwarding such messages to others.

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