After this Warning a few weeks ago There’s another one about a strange Wi-Fi network that permanently disables your iPhone’s Wi-Fi connection. Twitter user Carl Schou found that the% secretclub% power network will completely wipe out your iPhone’s ability to connect to Wi-Fi.
This new network is something of a variation on the original explosive Service Set Identifier (SSID). The original network consisted of a seemingly string of letters and the percentage symbol -% p% s% s% s% s% n – but as you can see in the new network, there is a common denominator:% p and% s. It’s unclear if they both need to be used, but one or both of these couplets are apparently the culprits and it doesn’t seem to matter where they are in the SSID. So stay away from them.
As with the original network, Schou said that connecting to% secretclub% power completely disabled his iPhone’s WiFi even after restarting and resetting the network settings. He could only restore network functionality by manually editing an iPhone backup and “removing” malicious entries from the .plist of the known network. He also reached out to Apple’s security team regarding the issue.
As always, connecting to unknown Wi-Fi networks is never a good idea, but it is also a good idea to avoid% s and% p when naming your SSID.
Michael Simon has been reporting on Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC – the IBM Thinkpad with the flip-up keyboard to swap out the drive. He’s still waiting for that to come back in style.