Even scarier, others are experiencing the glitch simply by receiving the notification for the message.
A fair few posts on Reddit claim they have received such a message, which has subsequently bricked their machine.
We've seen single malicious messages able to crash smartphones, but now there's one for Sony's PlayStation 4 console to look out for - users on social media and Reddit are reporting receiving a certain specially coded message that's enough to put their hardware out of action. It seems like some bad actors on PSN are using these messages to knock people offline in competitive games, given their own team an advantage.
The first is to ensure that you set your incoming messages to enable just friends to contact you or no one at all. I hope anyone that's affected by this can easily reset their factory settings and get back up and running smoothly.
The simplest solution to prevent this from happening in future is to turn off messages from folks you don't know.
- On the PS4, just navigate to Settings Account Management Privacy Settings Personal Info/Messaging, and set Messages to either "friends only" or "no one". You can do this on your console, web browser, or smartphone app.
What do you think about PlayStation having such an exploit in their system? 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.
Sony is yet to respond to the reports, but follow the above and you should be safe until a likely security patch is released.
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