PlayStation Wants to Make Up for the Christmas Downtime

Abdullah Awan

Well it's no news now that PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were hit during Christmas holidays and as a result the servers went down causing disruption in the online service of both the networks. The server went down due to continued DDOS attacks by the hacker group Lizard Squad. The attacks took down the servers for 48+ hours and when they finally stopped, owing to a backdoor deal by twitter user Dot-Com (founder of Mega-upload), who offered Lizard Squad a lucrative deal in return for them to stop these attacks on the PSN and Xbox Live. The system still suffered the aftermath of the attacks for days afterwards and finally got back on its feet just recently. As a result of these attacks users suffered an extensive disability to log-in to their online accounts and on the company's end, Microsoft and Sony suffered potential losses in millions of dollars. Sony has tried to make up for these extended outages by offering it's users and online extension plus discounts.

5 Days of Extension in Online Membership to all Affected by the Attack

The post on the PlayStation blog is quite self explanatory, here is what it says:

"Hi everyone, Happy New Year! Since access to PlayStation Network was impacted during the holidays, we wanted to show our appreciation for your patience by offering all PlayStation Plus members that had an active membership or free trial on December 25th a membership extension of five days. The extension will be automatically applied, so no action is necessary to receive the extension. We will post additional information here on the blog when the extension becomes available. If your membership or trial ends before the extension is available, you will receive five days of Plus to enjoy once the extension becomes available (we will notify you when).

In addition, sometime this month we will announce that for a limited time, we will be offering a 10 percent discount code good for a one-time discount off a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store as a thank you to ALL PSN members.

The discount can be used towards great content available on PS Store including blockbuster new releases, award winning indie games, game add-ons and season passes, and an enormous selection of TV and Movies.

In case you missed it, click here to read about the great games included in the January 2015 PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection lineup.

Thanks again to all our loyal PlayStation fans and welcome to our newest console owners. Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday."

Basically the offer extends to a 5 day membership to everyone who had an online PlayStation membership on the 25th of December and a 10 percent discount code for a one-time total discount of a PlayStation Store cart. Stay tuned to Wccftech for the latest Gaming updates.

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