Sending a single link can cause any smartphone to crash

January 25, 2016

There’s a link doing the rounds on social media today that can crash almost any smartphone, just by opening it in your browser.

The aptly named [this will crash your browser — even Chrome] does what it says on the box — it crashes the browser by writing thousands of characters in the address bar every second, exhausting memory.

The attack is just four lines of code, and can cause an iPhone or Android phone to crash both Safari or Chrome, or reboot the entire phone itself. It even works against some desktop browsers, depending on how much RAM and CPU the machine has available.

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