Even scarier, others are experiencing the glitch simply by receiving the notification for the message. There are reports of a PS4 messaging hack which is bricking consoles.
PlayStation 4 owners are reporting that their consoles are being crashed by malicious messages.
Reddit user ThatPissedOffDude said: "This just happened to me during Rocket League". The message can come at any time to your system and can be sent by anyone, at this point in time the only protection if you haven't had the message sent to you is to make sure your messages are set to private.
Reddit user Qraeshawn said: "I had a player named Zilla-Trickz that sent me 7 messages saying: Fortnite  3, but the heart was an emoji".
You can view the exploit message in the app too and it won't break your phone, but deleting it there still won't protect your console.
The simplest solution to prevent this from happening in future is to turn off messages from folks you don't know.
Concerned users can go to Settings Account Management Privacy Settings to change Message settings to private.
From a web browser, visit the PSN Privacy setting page, then sign in with your PS4 account credentials. From here, you can opt to receive messages from anyone, friends only, or nobody at all.
A factory reset clears the entirety of your data stored on the console, and so this exploit can be devastating if the necessary steps are not taken to avoid 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.
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