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    It appears that PlayStation 4 users might need to quickly go tweak their system settings, due to a newly uncovered "hack" in the form of corrupted private messages. Hundreds of users have reported that upon receiving a weird message in their PS4's message inbox, their consoles would freeze up, and not do anything, requiring a full factory reset in order to function again. This glitch can happen to anyone that allows messages from "everybody", so it's highly recommended that for now, you should set messages to friends only. Those unlucky enough to experience the problem find that upon getting the message, their system won't connect to their controller, and if they try to force the system to go back to the menu, it'll still crash when signing into their account. Sony hasn't said anything in regards to the matter at this time.

    You can protect yourself from such problems if you go to settings, account management, privacy settings, and then personal info/messaging.

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  3. Itzumi

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    Yikes! Sony better be on fixing this!
     
  4. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Already did. I been getting spam bots long time ago. :P
     
  5. Itzumi

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    Wait, there's spambots and stuff on ps4?
     
  6. Sonic Angel Knight

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    I guess so, I get random messages and when I respond, it's never based on what i say, is always like some pre recorded phone message from customer service. :blink:

    It's skype all over again with those things. :nayps3:
     
  7. CPG

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    so, its the new

    effective.

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  8. BlueFox gui

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    haxor: ur pee ass fo is DED
     
  9. Itzumi

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    Eww god, prerecorded messages.
     
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    HAXOR no do gud thing. y, no1 knos
     
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    Remember when this glitch happened in Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and it pretty much killed the entire fanbase.
     
  12. kuwanger

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    So, how long until spam bots unlock everyone's console? :)
     
  13. Itzumi

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    I heard about that. That's horrible
     
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    Sounds fake.Untill i see evidence of this bricking someones console i dont think this is really happening,atleast not to a majority of people.
     
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    There has been quite a lot of people saying it has been happening to them. It happens by chance, someone has to send them the message. It doesn't "brick" the system per se, but leaves it pretty much unoperational, since it always will load the messag and crash over and over. It's not fake.
     
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    But on boxing day, when Sony told me an unauthorized charge originated from my console's serial number, they said that it's impossible for PS4s to be hacked.
     
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  17. johnbus

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    This sort of thing has to stop. Companies need to be more mindful of the dangers of Unicode or go back to ASCII. There have already been attacks against iPhone users and such, but for whatever reason, companies don't seem to account for the handful of users that will spam Unicode until they find something to wreak havoc on the devices of others.

    This is rapidly becoming the phreaking of it's time. Although, instead of needing a complex series of beeps to get free long distance, any script kiddie can copy and paste symbols or strings to deny or damage the devices of others.
     
  18. SexySpai

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    Now all we need is to add a messaging system to undertale.
     
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    It's crazy how common and easy to pull off attacks using unicode stuff to be fairly honest. Every single year there's at the very least 3 or so of these kind of attacks and they just get progressively worst. Android, iOS, Whatsapp, everything is extremely vulnerable to something that it's of extremely easy access and exploitation. It still gets me by surprise how such big bussinesses like Sony let such exploit pass through them, seeing it's something that is quite easy to pull off ("easy"). Hope this gets patched out soon and doesn't get to other plataforms.
     
  20. AbyssalMonkey

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    I mean, or, and this is a big OR, they could just sanitize their services. This is like databasing 101. Never perform operations on text without proper sanitization and this would never become an issue in the first place.
     
  21. guily6669

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    Yeah, it's so stupid that this kind of things still happen with just random messages...
     
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