PS4 Users Are Claiming That Malicious Messages Are Breaking Their Consoles

PS4 Message Bug Causing Play Station to Crash Ends up Resetting PS4 or Rebuilding Database

There are reports buzzing around the internet, Reddit in particular, that PS4 owners are have their consoles soft-bricked via a bug that is sent through the Private Message system.

The offending messages apparently have the word "Juegas" and a unusual symbol that can't be recognized by the PS4.

As HuntStark notes on Reddit, some players have been using this messaging bug to crash people's consoles and automatically win online matches in games like Rainbow Six Siege. We all have had to factory reset. Some affected users are finding success in deleting the message via the mobile app, while others aren't having any luck going that route.

Reports have been circulating this weekend of a message that freezes and effectively bricks the PlayStation 4 from any kind of interaction. Malicious gamers are sending out the post en masse via group chats, so be sure to set your settings to private as soon as possible.

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The simplest solution to prevent this from happening in future is to turn off messages from folks you don't know. A system bricking would apply that a factory reset wouldn't fix it, and that it would need to be sent to Sony.

This just happened to me during Rocket League.

While it doesn't outright reference the PS5, the job listing isn't exactly subtle about what the job will entail: "You will own the roadmap for [the] next generation PlayStation campaign", it claims. You can do this on your console, web browser, or smartphone app. The stories all follow a similar pattern: users receive a message, their controllers and sound outputs fail, and resetting the console results in continual error loops.

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