This is How the "CrashSafari" iPhone Reboot Prank Works

By Gerald Lynch on at

Did you fall foul of the CrashSafari.com iPhone exploit this week? The one where a single web link uses code to create a self-generating text string that sends your Apple smartphone over the edge, forcing it to reboot?

If you did, you weren't alone. After a few months languishing in web obscurity, Mandatory's browser prank went viral, with wind-up merchants across the globe sending the link to unsuspecting foils. Taking advantage of a loophole in Apple's default browser and memory management, it's shown Safari to be particularly unstable, at least in comparison to Google's rival Chrome. So how's it work? YouTube star Tom Scott explains in the video below:

Oh, and thanks for the shout out Tom. JOURNALISM!