Messages containing “crash code” also known as text bombs are going viral on WhatsApp. It can destroy WhatsApp chats and even make the app go crash. The text bomb messages are designed to crash your WhatsApp, delete chats and even freeze your mobile phone. The crash code has affected the WhatsApp of a lot of users in Brazil.
The text bomb has been flagged to WhatsApp experts WABetainfo on Twitter. “A contact might send a message that contains many weird characters. If you read them entirely, they have no sense, but WhatsApp might interpret the message in the wrong way. Sometimes WhatsApp is also unable to render the message totally because its structure is so weird: the combination of these characters creates a situation where WhatsApp isn’t able to process the message, determining an infinite crash,” WABetainfo noted.
The issue has been acknowledged by the WhatsApp and has released an update to remove the bug.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement, “WhatsApp has released and already begun rolling out a patch that addresses this in its latest iOS software update. As with any tech product, we strongly encourage users to keep their WhatsApp app and mobile operating system up to date and download updates whenever they’re available.”
Steps to Protect Your WhatsApp and Mobile Phone From Text Bombs:
- First, open your WhatsApp settings and click ‘Account’, ‘Privacy’, and then ‘Groups’.
- Then under the section ‘Who can add me to groups’, change the setting from ‘Everyone’ to ‘My Contacts’.
- This would stop you from being added to random groups containing the malicious message.
- If you have received a message containing random characters, don’t open WhatsApp on your mobile phone.
- Log onto WhatsApp’s web on your desktop, delete the message, and better block the user who sent it.