Multiple PS4 owners have confirmed that a text-message exploit is being used to brick players consoles, which requires a factory reset to get the system working again.
Although a copious amount of users have claimed that they were hit by the attack, Sony has not confirmed the reports or given any comment on the subject. To make sure PS4 owners keep their consoles safe, many are suggesting that players switch their messaging settings to "Friends Only" or the more drastic option of not being able to receive messages at all.
PS4 - Protect Your Console
Currently, there is no known way to stop the attack once it has been initiated. Reports can be found all over the PS4 subreddit and many include the same information. The message-based attack seems to be similar to those seen on other mobile platforms where a message containing a string of characters has the ability to shut down the platform.
To ensure players keep their consoles safe, messages can be managed from a web browser or the PlayStation smart-phone app. These methods seem to be the best way to prevent opening up the message and ruining an expensive console with the exploit.
If you're worried about your console and don't have access to a web browser or the smart-phone app, you can change the messaging settings right from the console. First, go to the Settings tab, then Account Management, and finally click on Privacy Settings to find the option.
In one thread a user explains his team receiving the message while playing the popular shooter Rainbow Six Siege. Everyone on the teams consoles were almost immediately bricked and apparently the accounts that sent the message have yet to be banned by either Sony or Ubisoft.
We here at Gigamax Games are always playing our PS4's so we will be sure to keep a close eye on this this situation. Be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.