Malicious Video Crashes iPhone
It’s a rule of thumb in internet space to stay away from sketchy and shady links of all sorts. This is due to the fact that most viruses are spread this way. Sometimes even when granting un-endorsed access to your device. A recent case of a viral malicious video causing corruption in iPhone has already called for concern. But most experts believe that this reflects the quality of iOS. The five-second video will force an iPhone to lock up and freeze. The video is corrupt and appears to be creating a loop which causes iOS 10 to crash. The glitch has been tested on several iPhones running versions of iOS 10.1.x or the iOS 10.2 beta. Playing the MP4 video in Safari on any iOS device will cause the system to first lag and then eventually freeze altogether.
The thing to note is that the footage doesn’t immediately bug out your iPhone. Instead, it takes between 15 and 30 seconds to start affecting your device, gradually and slowly making it unusable.
According To A Post On Apple’s Subreddit
“Please be aware of shady URLs leading you to video files. When you open them on an iPhone, it will cause a memory leak and eventually crash the device, requiring a reboot.
We will not post the full link but currently, the top level domains appear to be vk·com and testtrial·site90·net. Some of your “friends” might want to prank you with those URLs. Avoid the urge to check them out and wait for Apple to patch the bug.” -warns user riddle on Reddit.
So be on the lookout for a link containing these domains ‘vk·com’ & ‘esttrial·site90·net’. On the bright side, if the video is viewed through streaming and video processing sites like YouTube and Vimeo, you won’t run into any problem.
“YouTube, Vimeo, and other sites which process uploads don’t and can’t cause the issue.”
Be on the safe side and don’t click links from sketchy sites.