Sony PlayStation 4 crashing due to malicious message

Sony PlayStation 4 crashing due to malicious message

Sony PlayStation 4 crashing due to malicious message

A new kind of malicious message is reportedly floating around on the PlayStation Network that makes the whole console crash.

There have been several, similar hacks experienced by mobile phone users in the past, where a text message containing unusual or invisible characters can cause handsets to crash and, in worst case scenarios, fail to boot up again.

And you don't even have to open the message for it to happen like your conventional email-spread malware. Deleting the messages from a mobile app can also help you avoid a bricked PS4, rather than opening the messages on the console itself.

Some users went through the hassle of factory resetting their consoles to fix the problem, but Sony does have another method in place before a proper fix rolls out. A player from the other team used a dummy account to send the message and crashed my entire team.

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A fair few posts on Reddit claim they have received such a message, which has subsequently bricked their machine. The app is free on both iOS and Android, and it's an easy way to both delete messages and block users. Exactly the same thing - got a message, controller stopped working and audio cut out.

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. That way, you won't accidentally trigger the bug, in case you're one of the potentially affected users.

Until Sony issues a fix, it's not an overstatement to say that you need to take preventive steps to keep yourself safe.

Sony has yet to comment on the bug, but it's likely a system software update will soon be on the way to address the issue.

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