WhatsApp Text Bomb is being circulating amongst Android users and is freezing all mobile phones across different countries. WhatsApp users are advised to be careful and to not open and read messages from unknown contacts. The cross-platform messaging app has always been a soft target of many hackers who are constantly trying to break into people’s phones to steal information.
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The latest lines of attacks are being induced via WhatsApp Text Bomb. A twitter user, Ian informed the public about the latest WhatsApp Text Bomb with the help of WABetaInfo. He mentioned in a tweet that a buggy message that tends to freeze the smartphone of any user who tries opening the text. The tweet read, “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.”
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What is WhatsApp Text Bomb?
WhatsApp Text Bomb originally originated in Brazil and has made its way to India as well. According to reports, the text bombs started circulating in mid-August and have now spread to other regions globally.The text bomb contains a series of randomly placed special characters and these characters hold no meaning. The app itself fails to comprehend the meaning of the message and that is what is causing WhatsApp to crash every time it gets one of these scary messages or crash codes. Even if you close the app and try opening it again, it causes the phone to hang making it inoperable.
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Currently there is no solution and the developers have not informed about any new updates to fix the WhatsApp text bombs. Therefore, it is extremely important for all Android users to keep a tab on unwanted messages. They are further advised to not open messages and/or share messages received from unknown numbers and contacts.
Protect Your Data from WhatsApp Text Bomb
To ensure safety and protection of critical mobile data, follow the simple steps:
- Go to your Settings
- Click on Privacy
- Click on Groups and change “Who can add me to groups” from ‘Everyone’ to ‘My Contacts’.
These simple steps will make sure that random people are not able to add you to groups, and drop text bomb into the chats.
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“WhatsApp has released and already begun rolling out a patch that addresses this in its latest iOS software update. As with any tech product, we strongly encourage users to keep their WhatsApp app and mobile operating system up to date and download updates whenever they’re available,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.
Have you faced a similar issue? Is there any weird message being circulated amongst your group? Do not open the message at any cost. Do not reply to any unknown number and block the contact immediately. Scan your phone to ensure there is no random apps and ensure your phone is updated with the latest Android system.