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    New iOS bug that displays an Indian character can crash iPhones and disable access to iMessages and WhatsApp

    A devastating ‘text bomb’ that crashes Apple devices has been uncovered by researchers.
    It works by sending iPhones, iPads and Macs into a frenzy thanks to a single character from a language used in India. 
    Opening a message containing the character is enough to crash iOS Springboard, the system app which manages the device’s home screen. 
    Apple gadgets running iOS 11.2.5 or macOS, are susceptible to the bug, which disables access to iMessages.
    Other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail, are also cut off.
    News of the bug emerged after reports in Italian blog Mobile World and has since been widely replicated, with numerous confirmations posted online.
    The character is from the Telugu language, a Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people, roughly five per cent of the country’s population.
    As apps try and fail to load the character, users can get trapped in an endless loop of crashes.
    The only way to escape this cycle is to get someone else to message you and delete the thread containing the malicious message.