Pranksters (which is probably too kind a word) have been sending a link to users of Apple’s Safari browser that will crash their iPhones, iPads, or Macs, reports The Guardian.
The link —crashsafari .com — overloads the default browser with a self-generating text string which populates the address bar, the article says. After about 20 seconds it forces an iPhone, to reboot, while heating up as the smartphone tries to handle the code of the site.
The Guardian notes that a similar thing happens on iPads, which also has Safari, Even Android devices running Chrome heat up and become sluggish if users go to the link.
Desktop and laptop computers are also affected to a lesser degree depending on how much processing power they contain, says The Guardian. The site will cause Safari on a Mac to crash. Chrome on a Mac and PC also becomes bogged down.
Rebooting the iOS or OS X device or quitting Chrome on an Android device clears the problem. Of course, the best course of action is not to use that link. After all the name of the link includes the words “crash Safari.”