After warning you a couple of weeks ago about a strange Wi-Fi network that will permanently disable your iPhone’s Wi-Fi connection, there is another. 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 a kind of variation of the original explosive service set identifier (SSID). The original network was an apparent string of letters and the percent symbol,% p% s% s% s% s% n, but as you can see from the new network, there is a common denominator:% p and% s. It is unclear if it is necessary to use both, but one or both pairings are apparently to blame and it doesn’t seem to matter where they are on the SSID. So stay away from them.
Like the original network, Schou says connecting to% secretclub% power completely disabled his iPhone’s Wi-Fi even after rebooting and resetting network settings. He was able to restore network functionality only by manually editing an iPhone backup and “removing malicious entries” from known .plist networks. He also contacted Apple’s security team on the matter.
As always, it’s never a good idea to connect to unknown Wi-Fi networks, but it’s also a good idea to avoid using% s and% p when naming your SSID.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC: the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard to change the drive. Still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.