BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Trolls have been around in our culture since the first fairy tales began to appear, and since then they have taken a wide variety of forms and the lore behind them grew significantly. Today’s trolls (internet trolls, that is), however, are simply tricksters; more like the fairies of old, focused solely on mischief, than the live under a bridge trolls. One of their most recent ventures is the tap-tap-crash – the bane of Safari users.
Tap-tap-crash, or crashsafari.com, is the newest endeavor of internet trolls with a vendetta against Apple users.
Twitter, as well as other social media outlets, has started to be filled with fake links usally shortened via tinyurl or bit.ly which actually take you to Crashsafari.com.
What the site does is actually quite simple and harmless, although it can cause quite a scare, especially for over-priced Apple device users.
By clicking on the link, your Safari browser will crash, and your device will reboot. That’s pretty much it. But people all over the internet are freaking out over their rebooting devices.
And the best part about it is that it wasn’t even designed specifically to troll.
22 year old Matthew Bryant, living in San Francisco and working at an app security firm is the one behind the website; and he didn’t even think the website will become so popular.
Matthew just likes coding very much, and he wanted to try creating a website that would test the browser’s ability to run complicated codes.
Only the code he wrote was so complicated that it crashes the Safari browser and reboots any Apple device that attempts to connect to it.
By generating an infinite series of loops and strings of text, the java scripted code overloads the browser and forces the device to shut down.
iPads, iPhones, and Macs will immediately reboot when accessing the website, but other devices are affected much more lightly.
If using Safari on a desktop, the browser will just freeze for a while. Using Chrome and any other device except for Apple handhelds will only slow down your browser, albeit significantly.
Experts are trying to calm Apple users down, explaining that nothing is happening to their device except for it rebooting.
However, they are advising Apple users to avoid clicking on any unknown links until a software update fixing the issue is released.
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