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I am using an Android phone. I received an SMS from an unknown number today which had the following content:

#Gege%wghatdanaipop%^
*%95bornioke:&67;
///Hackmaster&67;-&67"
//Fregbugg190&@"67"@/ ;
 :;whatsappash/@"hack:///
<#instruct~bug*omeg!#%
#%uthumb:"
?nail:/-67;bug__gegr>
;thumbnail\~>%
/:call log;&"#%
#05:32;&mondaybug&"
/:thumbnail;again|\]
#10:08;mondaybug &"
/:@thumbnail!\*;
#02:06;&fridaybug&"
/:#%allelements((crashed?)
;)&@(
-/7890@"$>
;:/endallow/thumbnails)&@"
/),.bugedit&@"
\{{Elementscrashed}}#%
"(<altedit)>•)*"
:@endbug:;"
:/&@"all*^^#
/)@allcrack<~|_]}}
-//userdemoadd:)&@"
~<>%^
\{{ensall<>%^*

(gist version)

It looks very weird. Any idea what it is? I am curious as I was afraid that it can lead to some bug in applications which read SMS? Is it possible?

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  • It's probably one of your friends trolling you using a free texting app.. This looks completely fake. Like a text message could activate '///Hackmaster' lol. as if it's running a program that's already on your phone. I wouldn't worry about it.
    – xorist
    Mar 15, 2016 at 5:20
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    Did you post this? pastebin.com/NdJSfWfZ
    – xorist
    Mar 15, 2016 at 5:22
  • I also thought it was a troll. Better safe than be sorry. It's very much possible that a well framed text message can crash a program, so I was curious.
    – vik-y
    Mar 15, 2016 at 5:23
  • This is true. Your concern is understandable. If you're truly concerned about it, I can further assist you in possibly discovering if anything could happen. You can contact me through skype - l1thal (black and white angel pic). I'll be able to chat easier and collect more details to help myself understand if there is a greater risk. but from the looks of it you're fine. up to you.
    – xorist
    Mar 15, 2016 at 5:26
  • I just posted it on gist.github.. Nowhere else
    – vik-y
    Mar 15, 2016 at 5:42

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Judging from the contents in this SMS Message, looking at lines as:

///Hackmaster&67;-&67"
//Fregbugg190&@"67"@/ ;

You'll notice these are all random characters, especially this Hackmaster line, which of course paired with these random characters could arouse suspicion around non-tech savvy people.

As mentioned in a comment before by others, it indeed looks like someone trying to troll/prank you, your suspicion isn't a bad thing however, referring back to the case of the Apple iMessage Glitch.

Long story short, I shouldn't worry too much about this specific text ;)

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  • Random characters? You mean the binary payload.
    – simpleuser
    Mar 17, 2016 at 18:01

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