PlayStation Network Offers Extension, Discount to Members Affected by Christmas Day Hack

Playstation 3 PR Image - P 2012

Playstation 3 PR Image - P 2012

Members lost holiday gaming time due to the outage, which hacking group Lizard Squad took credit for

PlayStation is offering a member-wide discount and an extension of its free trial to all Plus members who suffered from the hack that led to its online network being down over Christmas Day.

In an effort to amend the holiday gaming time lost due to Lizard Squad hackers, Sony is offering a five-day extension to all PlayStation Plus members that had an active membership or free trial during the attack. The statement posted on PlayStation's website also announced that all PSN members will receive a one-time 10 percent discount applicable to the PlayStation Store.

"Since access to PlayStation Network was impacted during the holidays, we wanted to show our appreciation for your patience," Sony Network Entertainment vp Eric Lempel wrote on the PSN blog.

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The PlayStation Network, owned by Sony, crashed on Dec. 24, and the outage continued on Christmas Day, remaining offline through Friday.

In an interview with Finland's Sky News, Lizard Squad hacker Ryan explained his "raising awareness" motive behind the security breach. "They should have more than enough funding to be able to protect against these attacks," Ryan said, adding, "I can't really say I feel bad. I might have forced a couple of kids to spend their time with their families instead of playing games."

The PlayStation Network hack, which also impacted XBox Live, comes on the heels of the massive cyberattack experienced by Sony Pictures shortly before Thanksgiving.