Sony Makes Amends For Christmas PSN Outage Following Lizard Squad Attack

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 10:15 AM

Over the holiday period both Sony and Microsoft suffered severe outages following DDoS attacks from the now-infamous Lizard Squad, resulting in gamers being unable to access their Xbox Live or PSN accounts on Christmas day and beyond.

Sony has now apologised for the outage, which saw many new console owners unable to access their bundled-in downloadable games for nearly a week, offering all PlayStation Plus members who had an active subscription on December 25th an additional membership period of five days. In addition, Sony is also offering a one-time code for a 10% discount on any basket purchase on the PSN store, which is applied automatically.

Hi everyone, Happy New Year!”, read the post from SCE Europe. “Since access to PlayStation Network was impacted during the holidays, we wanted to show our appreciation for your patience.

While no date was given, the one-time 10 per cent discount on the PSN store is a limited time offer, so you might be best off using it during the current January sale that’s now running.

Meanwhile a man linked to the Lizard Squad hack has been arrested in Twickenham, London, in regards to 2013-14 cyber-fraud that involved funds stolen from PayPal accounts. Bit of a bad egg by all accounts then.

Do you think Sony is making sufficient amends with these offers, or are new owners who received a console on Christmas Day still the ones losing out here? What do you think of Lizard Squad’s actions, and it does it worry you about the vulnerability of some online stores? Let us know what you think!

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09:00 Jan-03-2015

It's just sad to see someone trying to ruin someone else's holidays. Did the lizards even gain something from all this?

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09:47 Jan-03-2015

Just for kicks and some notoriety...? I don't understand why instead they just don't go after corrupt governments and religious extremist organizations...

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09:57 Jan-03-2015

I guess doing something useful with their lives doesn't give them this "kick" you're talking about. Or maybe the government paid them to do this to distract us from something?!
Time to put on your tin foil hats, everyone.

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10:33 Jan-03-2015

Here in India a couple of years ago, there was a countrywide internet outage for about 12 hours at the height of the anti-corruption movement and there was no proper explanation for it... Granted, I myself have reservations about the true goals of the movement and think there was something shady about it all, but there were murmurs that the Union Government of India pulled a few cables if you know what I mean...

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10:36 Jan-03-2015

Yeah, corrupt governments, like mine and apparently yours as well, tend to do that sometimes. We just let it pass, because it's usually harmless...

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03:23 Jan-03-2015

Why is the focus solely on Sony, didn't Microsoft get hacked too? At least they are doing something to compensate.

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17:23 Jan-02-2015

These idiotic hackers are getting on my nerves...
Don't this guys have anything better to do? They're so annoying... sigh
Maybe get a job or something since it's possible to do so in they're country and all...

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17:38 Jan-02-2015

They should instead go after authoritarian governments and corrupt religious extremist institutions instead of screwing us gamers who are harming nobody...

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15:58 Jan-02-2015

and here i am stuck with a ps4 i bought like january of last year. Why did i have to be such a peasant! WHY!

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16:36 Jan-02-2015

Not your fault, I actually would like to have one. It's just a choice. Play offline and have fun nevertheless

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16:57 Jan-02-2015

This^^^^


OR... play online with your nice rig. :)

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13:12 Jan-02-2015

It's basically the Yin and Yan; it's all about balance.


Sony and Microsoft) care(s) about their customers when they have problems with their services by offering free things, but the fact Lizard Squad used DDoS attacks on their services shows to me they are rotten a--holes. Regardless, I play PC for all other games.

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11:44 Jan-02-2015

I'm so glad that the PS3 was such a gigantic waste of money for me that I decided to build a high end PC!
(Also because I wanted to play Skyrim on max, so, thank you Bethesda!)

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10:35 Jan-02-2015

2 years have passed and I am still so happy with my past decision to build a rig instead of buiyng another console...
Ontopic: Sony is making an efford, but it wont make up for those new ps4 owners. There is no second chance for first impressions...

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11:48 Jan-02-2015

well, it is not their fault, blame it on lizard squads.

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11:55 Jan-02-2015

Blame it on Sony, even the Lizard Squad said if they had better defenses (as they should, for the buyers sake) they wouldn't be able to hack in. Did you see some kind of Lizard Squad hacking Apple? No, because it's well protected as it should.

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12:16 Jan-02-2015

Apple icloud was hacked though.

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16:36 Jan-02-2015

Sorry for the mistake, just saying sony gets hacked a lot of times and it pisses everyone.

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12:02 Jan-02-2015

Not blaming anybody, just stating facts.

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12:52 Jan-02-2015

I bet Pentagon also has really bed security, considering it got hacked.
There is pretty much nothing in this world that cant get hacked.

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13:18 Jan-02-2015

Exactly even ebay got hacked. There will always be douchebags hackers out there who wants attention

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13:33 Jan-02-2015

Fudgehog and Densanity are on the mark... Anything, repeat - ANYTHING, is hackable and there are always some people out there trying their best to hack something either as a form of dissent or just because they're a-holes...

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14:03 Jan-02-2015

1) DDoS attacks aren't hacks and those that use them aren't hackers. 2) There is no real defense against a DDoS attack and anyone that knows anything about them will tell you this. 3) Anyone that's standing up for Lizard Squid is either ignorant or a complete sack of sh*t.

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16:34 Jan-02-2015

Not standing up for them, they're just attention wh*res. Sony has had lots of attacks that piss everybody, not the same as Apple, ebay, etc... They shoul work something out, nobody wants a company that's hacked so many times.

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17:25 Jan-02-2015

Sorry, they're being attacked and you want them to work something out with the people attacking them? So if I get mugged every morning while jogging eventually I should try and bribe the guy to stop mugging me? Lizard Squad is doing this for lulz and attention, they aren't going away until they're locked up.

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20:16 Jan-02-2015

Agreed

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09:46 Jan-03-2015

RogueRequest made a good point... What CheerUPsaid is similar to victim blaming in rape cases...

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