Tldr: two people in the same household have iPhones, and one of the iPhones was attempting to airdrop a sketchy link to the other person’s phone.
Someone I know said they have their airdrop feature turned on for their iPhone all the time in case someone else wants to send them something. Last night this person got repeated airdrop requests from another person’s iPhone on the same wifi network.
The receiver of the airdrop described it as the normal iOS interface for airdrops but said it kept appearing and then disappearing. They described the file as a link to a “sketchy” website with numbers and letters i.e. and recall “a” and “w”, but not sure if they were the first two characters and followed by .com after the string of other random characters/numbers. The sender’s phone was on, but not being used at the time.
Worrying they might accidentally click accept because of how rapid the airdrop message was promoting them to accept the airdrop, the person shut their phone off. And, decided to turn off the other person’s iPhonethat was attempting to do the drop. The sender’s phone remains off now, 8 hours later, while they have successfully turned on their phone again. They have also checked their downloads and confirmed nothing was airdropped to their phone and no more notifications are coming up.
I did a little research and came across this article: https://www.tomsguide.com/news/iphone-airdrop-hack. Not sure if it’s related, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the “hacked” iPhone doesn’t have the latest OS.
Does anyone have any experience with something like this and have a recommendation? Should we bring it to an expert or try to troubleshoot ourselves?