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PS4 Affected By Malicious Message Attack: Here’s How You Can Avoid Bricking

PS4 Affected By Malicious Message Attack: Here’s How You Can Avoid Bricking”

Some people are reporting the only way to fix the issue is to do a factory reset, but that's a rather extreme measure (it will delete everything on the hard drive). According to VG247, Sony is "aware of the situation and are planning a system software update to resolve this problem".

In a turn of events which may be familiar to users of Apple's iPhone, a platform which has had its fair share of message-related bugs in the past, Sony's PlayStation 4 is reportedly vulnerable to attack via malicious messages specially crafted to contain an invalid character.

PlayStation 4 owners recently began reporting a unusual messaging exploit, one which has already been allegedly weaponized to brick their consoles. As suggested by user tizorres in another Reddit thread, PS4 players are encouraged to go into their privacy settings and set their messaging preference to "Friends" or "No One".

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Until Sony releases a software fix, this is the best way to ensure you don't have to deal with a major headache.

Select Messages and choose "Friends" or "No One" option.

Thankfully, some Reddit users found there's a relatively simple way to fix your PlayStation 4 if you received the viral message, without needing to perform a factory reset. As of this morning, Sony has issued the following statement about the issue... You want to click the option "Leave Group" here.

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Some users claim that deleting the damaging message solves the problem. Here are official instructions via Sony: "Once the PS4 system is off, press and hold the power button again". You should hear a beep, and see the safe mode menu.

Restart your PS4 in Safe Mode.

Whether you got it from one of your mates, your uncle, or someone's Tweet, it was a pretty amusing, yet worrying, trend that slowly died off - although, the console edition seems much, much worse.

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