WARNING: Opening This Malicious Text Will Break Your Messages App [Video]

WARNING: Opening This Malicious Text Will Break Your Messages App [Video]

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There's a new text message prank that will break the iOS Messages app of any person that opens it.

The 'hack' was created by vincedes3, an iOS and Windows developer and security researcher. It involves the sending of a contact card (VCF) that contains a very complicated and large amount of text. When the recipient tries to open the file, it causes the app to freeze. Killing the app or rebooting will not fix the issue as Messages tried to reload the VCF every time it opens.

To make matters worse, the sender can't provide instructions on how to fix it because the recipient's Messages app no longer works.

WARNING: Opening This Malicious Text Will Break Your Messages App [Video]

If you've received a contact card named 'vincedes3.vcf', do not open it.

If its too late and your Messages app is already broken, there are a few methods that may work to fix it. The easiest seems to be asking Siri to send a text message. Before you send it, tap the text bubble and Messages will open, allowing you to delete the malicious contact card.

WARNING: Opening This Malicious Text Will Break Your Messages App [Video]

Take a look at a demonstration of the attack below.


MUKAI - December 30, 2016 at 10:08pm
Buahahahahaha I broke 6 phones already
Vida - December 30, 2016 at 6:41pm
If you think this is cool your stupid, anyone can created a simple Vcard text that hard to interpret by the iOS and off course break iMessage, pure evil right here.
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