Messages with unrecognized characters are breaking PlayStation 4 consoles


Hey, PlayStation 4 people. Lock down messaging on your account, pronto.

A new kind of malicious message is reportedly floating around on the PlayStation Network that makes the whole console crash. Recovery is possible, but it’s not as simple as power cycling the machine. There are steps that need to be taken.

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Word of the problematic appears to have surfaced first on Reddit. In a post titled “WARNING: Set your messages to private,” user Huntstark1 describes a scenario where almost their whole team got booted out of a Rainbow Six: Siege match after they all received a message containing an unrecognized character. Read more…

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