Malicious Message Bug Is Crashing PlayStation 4, How To Protect Your Console

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

The offending messages apparently have the word "Juegas" and a odd symbol that can't be recognized by the PS4. There are reports of a PS4 messaging hack which is bricking consoles. The message can come at any time to your system and can be sent by anyone, at this point in time the only protection if you haven't had the message sent to you is to make sure your messages are set to private.

Reports have been circulating this weekend of a message that freezes and effectively bricks the PlayStation 4 from any kind of interaction. During the game, the team members were booted out of the game, after receiving a message on the PlayStation Network with an unrecognised character. As a result, this is being used as an exploit in multiplayer games, where players use a dummy account to send the message to opponents, in turn crashing their console and getting them kicked from the match. Messaging. On that last page, change "Messages" to either "Friends only" or "No one". If you are hit with problems, one fix appears to be rebooting in Safe Mode and then rebuilding the database which shouldn't affect your data.

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Another suggestion involves running a factory reset on your console, though you may want to look at that as a last resort. Both should prevent unsafe messages from reaching you.

So far, Sony have made no official statement on the matter, however outlets such as Kotaku, Polygon and others have sought comment or clarification from Sony on the matter. All it takes is to keep your messages is to set your messages to private, meaning you can either only receive messages from registered friends or no one at all.

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