Don’t let your iPhone get close to this malignant wifi network

by - – Only near the public network “%secretclub%power” will permanently disable the wifi functionality of your iPhone. In recent weeks Murphy’s law has been known strangely by security researchers and their iPhone’s wireless Internet. Based on his experience, we now know another cursed wireless network we have to avoid. Your iPhone does not need to connect to the network to mess up this time.

In June, security researcher Carl Schou found that his iPhone permanently disabled its wifi functionality when he joined the network “%p%s%s%s%s%n.” Fortunately, all network settings were reset, which wiped out the villainous wifi name from his memory. It was fixed. You think it’d be the end of connecting networks with strange and fishy sounding names, but you’re not Schou.

On Sunday, by investigating a public wifi network, called “percent secret club percent power” he decided to try another luck. Schou says it can permanently disable its wifi functionality only by having an iOS device near a wifi network with this name.

“If you host a public WiFi named %secretclub%power, it is permanent to disable any iOS WiFi device” he wrote to Twitters. ‘Network settings restore functionality is not guaranteed.’

Schou seemed to have struggled to find a way out of this and return his wifi features. He has said he has reset the network configurations many times, forced his iPhone to restart and contacted the security team of Apple device. The researcher eventually received Twitter assistance, which advised him to manually edit an iPhone backup to remove malicious entries from the platforms of the known networks.

Gizmodo has no attempt at this solution, so proceed with caution if you happen to be in this situation. It is not clear exactly what this bug causes, but some believe that the percent sign and following characters could be wrong in a string format specifier or in a coding language variable or command. Apparently it leads to problems when processed by the telephone.

We all have had a hard time for a couple of months, and the last thing that we need is to create trolls with a “%secretclub%power” power, to make our wireless Internet connection go away. If Apple does not fix those bugs in a future update, which hopefully will happen earlier than later, it may be a smart idea to totally avoid public wireless networks and rely on mobile data on your iOS device only if you’re away from the wireless network which you know is safe.