Sony PlayStation 4 Crashing Due to Malicious Messages

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 is reportedly crashing due to a malicious message, according to several users. These crashes are happening due to a message containing a string of characters and are freezing the PS4. In some cases, the PlayStations are requiring a factory reset due to this issue as well.

The Reddit user, who reported the issue first, said that he was playing Rainbow Six: Siege. His console bricked when a player sent him the message from a dummy account making his system crash. According to him, one user did not have to reset. It did not affect him as his PlayStation messages were set to Private. Sony is yet to respond to this issue. It would be wise forPlayStation 4 users to meanwhile not receive or open these malicious messages. The rise of bots and malicious messages have become a real issue in the phone as well as the console industry. How Sony handles this issue will be interesting to see. Speculations are doing the rounds that this is done by some users to get an edge over others in a game by DDOS-ing other players.

PlayStation 4, which saw it’s launch in 2013-14, is also reportedly receiving an update very soon which allows users to change their details. The PlayStation Network Online ID Preview Program will also start this year. According to the company, the first change will be free, with further changes costing €9.99/£7.99 for those who do not have a PS Plus account. We hope Sony rolls out a permanent fix for the message issue with the update or before that.

According to another Reddit user the following step solves this issue, for now:

Go to Settings > Account Management > Privacy Settings > Enter your password > Personal Info | Messaging, and set Messages to either Friends (if you trust them) or No One.


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