A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
Apple says it's aware of the problem and is working on a fix. But some pranksters are sharing information about the glitch on social media and using it to crash other peoples' phones.
The problem only occurs when the iPhone receives a message with a specific string of characters, including some Arabic characters, according to several tech blogs. When an iPhone isn't being used, it typically shows a shortened version of the message on the phone's lock screen. That shortened combination of characters apparently triggers the crash.
(FILES) In this September 19, 2014 file photo, a man checks out his iPhone 6 Plus outside the Apple store in Pasadena, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Affected phones will restart automatically. Owners can prevent the problem by using phone settings to turn off message "previews"