Man the panic stations and sound the alarm, this is not a drill.
A well known iPhone hacker has unearthed a way to permanently kill key iPhone features with just a single, simple text.
The troubling message, which was discovered by YouTuber Vincedes3, will irreparably damage the Messages app on the iOS device of those who open it.
How? Well, the hacker found that sending a simple vCard was all it takes to render your Messages app useless.
vCards are a format standard for electronic business cards, traditionally attached to emails.
Normally made up of 200-300 lines of code, Vincedes3’s vCard was comprised of a massive 14,281 lines of code. And that’s where the issue lies.
Once clicked on, the sheer size of this vCard was enough to take down a user’s Messages app and render it useless for the rest of time.
With neither a reboot of the app or the phone itself able to remedy the problem, the text could essentially transform your phone into a seriously expensive paperweight.
As Messages always trys to open the most recent text, relaunching the app simply puts Messages into troubling and unending loop of misery.
Despite creating something that will keep you on edge every time that less than trustworthy ‘joker’ of a mate texts, thankfully Vincedes3 has created a solution.
If hit by the hack, you can bring your Messages app back to life by clicking this link, or having a text sent to you via Siri and open it from the lock screen.
The hack works on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 or later, including the recently released iPhone 7.
Worryingly, this isn’t the only text message that can knacker your iPhone.
Last year, researchers discovered an iPhone bug that would take down Messages just by sending a TIFF image.
If you’re sent a TIFF or vCard, maybe it’s just best to delete the text before opening it then, yeah?