Malicious messages reportedly crashing PlayStation 4 consoles

PS4 users warned to set messages to private after receiving message that bricks their console

New PlayStation 4 Bug Reportedly Breaking Consoles

Some PS4 owners are experiencing a frightening glitch that's forcing them to factory reset their consoles.

Multiple PlayStation 4 users are reporting that a PSN text message exploit is causing their consoles to crash, according to Endgadget.

For example, a gamer with the username Huntstark1 described a situation they encountered as their team was involved in a match-up of Rainbow Six: Siege. After opening it, the player's PS4 locked up along with most of his teammates'.

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Reddit user Qraeshawn said: "I had a player named Zilla-Trickz that sent me 7 messages saying: Fortnite [] 3, but the heart was an emoji".

Got a new message notification on PS4? The message received is pictured below, and the box with a question mark in it contains a null character that causes the PS4 to become unstable. Options for that setting include allowing messages from anyone, friends only, or no one.

The main advice though is to change the messaging options on the console so you only receive messages from friends or no one.

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Unfortunately, as of now, there doesn't seem to be a solution beyond prevention.

According to user BorgDrone, basically, someone can "brick" another's PS4 just by using "a message created to exploit a mistake in the code". A system bricking would apply that a factory reset wouldn't fix it, and that it would need to be sent to Sony. Reports indicate that some PS4 consoles continue to operate unstably even after the message is deleted; in that instance a rebuild of the PS4 system database has been reported to fix any lingering issues.

So if your messaging settings currently allow you to receive messages from strangers, you may want to change them for now.

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