WhatsApp has been targeted by hackers in the past where in the phone becomes vulnerable as the hackers break into it to steal information which causes them to steal information or causing them to crash and hang. The latest in that line of attacks are taking place right now, as per a report in the Deccan Herald.
WABetaInfo shared a tweet recently asking people to share ideas for new WhatsApp features for both iOS and Android.
A user with the handle @Ian_Oli_01 answered to the aforementioned tweet with two screenshots and a message that reads – “Anti crash integrated into official WhatsApp: There are messages designed to freeze or crash your WhatsApp. Then there are modded WhatsApp versions that have a ‘Crashcode protection’ like a bigger Unicode database. We need this integrated into the official application.”
WABetaInfo then responded to this tweet with: “I raised this issue some weeks ago. My followers told that this is called “Binario”, “Contact bombs”, “Trava Zap”, “Crashers” or simply “message/vcard crash”.
Now, although it is not very easy to explain, these messages can crash WhatsApp every time you open the app.
Essentially, this is a text bomb and it has its origins in Brazil and is prevalent there. As per reports, this started in mid-August and has now spread to other regions globally.
The text bomb contains a series of randomly placed special characters and is not but, then it is not legible in terms of meaning or design of any sort.
As things stand right now, there is no solution to this right now, WhatsApp is yet to respond to this. However, users are being asked not to open messages from unknown numbers and contacts. Also, as an added layer of protection, you can go to your Settings, and then click on Privacy, then click on Groups and change “Who can add me to groups” from ‘Everyone’ to ‘My Contacts’.