HIGH ALERT WhatsApp users! Beware of spam message 'Don't Touch Here'

Helen Aguilar
May 9, 2018

Although the messaging app is now owned by Facebook, which admits they scan all the messages sent over Facebook messenger, they claim that they do not read messages sent over Whatsapp.

Not exactly dishonest, but still a risky appeal to the human tendency to screw around and press buttons we shouldn't.

Several mobile users have been switching to smartphones to enjoy the services of WhatsApp and facebook.

As per Digital Trends, at least two variations of the message "bomb" have been identified.

Why does this message block my smartphone?

Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced the WhatsApp Business app back in September a year ago.

The key to these malicious texts is a boatload of invisible ASCII characters converted to text which the person at the receiving end of the prank can't see, but are used to modify text behavior.

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It is believed that the booby-trapped texts mostly impact devices on Google's Android OS.

A bug occurs when a odd combination of these characters changes the orientation of the text repeatedly and hundreds and hundreds of times. Such threatening messages are not limited to the Android platform though, iMessage on iOS has also encountered texts that sent the app crashing. Only the app on iOS devices crashes because of the messages.

"WhatsApp for Android 2.18.138 successfully recognizes the wa.me shortlink: it means the chat will be automatically opened without using the browser".

How to unlock your smartphone or prevent it from locking?

WhatsApp itself has yet to make any comment on the bug or issue a patch to protect against it, so we can't yet be sure about exactly what's going on.

Apple gadgets running iOS 11.2.5 or macOS, are susceptible to the bug, which disables access to iMessages.

To avoid the problem simply do not click on the message and delete it immediately. It is advised that if you are aware of the repercussions of tapping on the WhatsApp message, you should not deliberately "touch" any part of the message.

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