Following the fun users had with the “effective power” iPhone text message bug, people have been sending a link to users of Apple’s Safari browser that will crash their iPhones or Macs.
The link, which is simply crashsafari.com, overloads the default browser with a self-generating text string which populates the address bar. After about 20 seconds or so it will force an iPhone to reboot, while significantly heating up as the smartphone tries to handle the code of the site.
Sigh. This is why we can’t have nice things.
One nit with the Guardian’s headline (“Sending link to website lets you crash Safari and anyone’s iPhone”). It’s clicking on the link that causes the crash, not the act of sending it.