Sony has fixed the PSN messaging bug that bricked consoles

Report: PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles

The offending messages apparently have the word "Juegas" and a unusual symbol that can't be recognized by the PS4. Some even had screenshots of the message on their phones showing the users first threatening players and giving them an ultimatum before sending the message if they didn't comply.

u/Huntstark on Reddit reported this issue yesterday in a post titled, "WARNING: Set your messages to private". One user had it happen while playing Rainbow Six: Siege. Thankfully, there seems to be a quick and easy preventative measure everyone can take to avoid falling victim to the malicious exploit. A player from the other team used a dummy account to send the message and crashed my entire team. The only way to combat the malicious message now is to either turn off messages entirely or only receive messages from people you know and trust. Concerned users can go to Settings Account Management Privacy Settings to change Message settings to private. That won't fix your console if you've already been hit by the messaging bug, however.




If you're anxious about this happening to you or someone you know, you can take steps to prevent it.

So far, Sony have made no official statement on the matter, however outlets such as Kotaku, Polygon and others have sought comment or clarification from Sony on the matter. I hope anyone that's affected by this can easily reset their factory settings and get back up and running smoothly. 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.

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