Received any texts with a black dot emoji (⚫) lately?
Then we probably don’t need to tell you why you should definitely not open that message.
Aptly dubbed the “black dot of death” the virus is doing the rounds on iPhones and causes the immediate crashing of iMessages for anyone who opens it.
It’s not the dot doing the damage, but the invisible Unicode text that comes along with it. There’s so much text that it overloads the phone’s central processing unit and causes the phone to crash, Mashable reports.
It’s said to be similar – but worse – than a virus previously doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
Thankfully, there are ways to fix it.
First, don’t restart your phone – it will simply reopen iMessages when the phone powers back up, leading to the same problem, according to Tech Times.