PlayStation 4 Units Are Apparently Being Bricked By A Mysterious Message
PlayStation 4 Units Are Apparently Being Bricked By A Mysterious Message
PS4 Users Are Claiming That Malicious Messages Are Breaking Their Consoles
15 October, 2018, 18:22
According to Polygon, PlayStation 4 users are complaining that a text-message exploit has been crashing their consoles, forcing owners to factory reset the machines to get them working again. As to how this is happening, the most likely cause is a character, or set of characters Sony's messaging system can't handle or acts on in some way that renders the console unusable.
It important to note that the bug affects only the account that received the message, so if you have other accounts set up, you can use them to restore the damaged one without losing your data. The problem comes in the form of a special character that, when sent to you in a private message, immediately causes the console to crash and you to have a big problem on your hands.
"There is a new glitch that basically bricks your console and forces you to factory reset it". Warnings on Reddit have highlighted the issue and have given PS4 gamers insight into how to protect themselves from the bug and recover if you are affected. Even deleting the message from the mobile app doesn't work. Once the database rebuild is underway, it will scan the drive and create a new database of content installed on the system.
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To do this, you need to go into Account Management in your console settings, find the Privacy Settings subheading and flip the Messaging settings from "Public" to "Friends Only" or "No One". We will update this story in the event that they do.
As of right now, there is no comment from Sony regarding the PS4 messaging hack.
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