This black dot message may cause your WhatsApp to crash

'Black dot' bug is the latest Unicode text handling flaw to crash iPhone and iPads, works on iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4

Black dot bug in the Messages app can cause iOS devices to crash

Similar to the WhatsApp prank message, the black dot actually hides thousands of invisible Unicode characters, which the CPU of the iPhone or iPads tries but fails to process.

According to Everything Apple Pro the bug impacts any device running iOS 10, 11.2, 11.3 and the beta version of 11.4.

In a demo video, EverythingApplePro demonstrated how the bug, which he refers to as a "prank", works in real time.

And the older the device the worse the bug will be.

When a user tries to read the malicious text, their phone will be paralyzed with just a white screen.

In its latest update rolled out for select iOS users, WhatsApp support will alow users to play Instagram and Facebook videos within the app, without exiting the chat.

Apple is usually quick to respond to these bugs so we are expecting a word from the company and a fix to address this issue soon.

Mail Online has reached out to Apple for comment.

WhatsApp hasn't issued any official statement about the bug and will most likely fix it in a matter of days but in the meantime stay away from any suspicious-looking text messages or messages from numbers you don't recognise. In case you force to close the iMessage app and then again go back, then also then app will be frozen.

For those of you who do not have a 3D Touch functionality built in, you can simply follow the steps provided below.

Continue to send replies via Siri until the bug is off the screen in your iMessage conversation.

So before you go to settings and remove it remember you'll never see those messages and amusing photos and memes again. The message consists of a black dot along with a hand pointing towards it.

It is being spread by messages sent via the popular app and comes in two varieties.

However, if you just delete the WhatsApp app from your phone then it should not delete your messages for good. This causes the system to overload and crash.

Hackers are forwarding a "text bomb" message which looks innocent at first but could have serious consequences.

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