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!