PlayStation Apologizes For Holiday DDOS Attack

Posted by on January 1st, 2015 | 13 Comments | Tags:

Starting on Deceber 25th, a hacker group known as the Lizard Squad ran a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. In case you didn’t know, a DDOS attack happens when a network of computers called a botnet overload a server in an attempt to bring it offline with an overload of traffic.



This took the PSN down for 3 days, and PlayStation is thanking fans for their patience. To everyone that had a PlayStation Plus membership active at the time of the outage, they tacked on an extra 5 days to their membership. Also, later this month PlayStation will give every single registered PSN user a code for 10% off anything in the PSN Store. That includes an entire cart of games, movies, TV, etc.

Are you happy with the compensation PlayStation is offering? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Keelontay

    Yes I am very Happy to hear that Thanks PlayStation

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Sup Noah Balduf

  • Tommy Mak

    That’s really nice of them although I’d rather they give a game maybe not like an expensive one but like a ten dollar one

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Sup Noah Balduf man

  • Devin Hudson

    10% isn’t really that great of a discount, but it could be good to use on a new release or something that never seems to go on sale (the Gravity Rush DLC comes to mind).

    • Trevor Freeman

      It claims anything in store. Pick something already discounted and it could end well

  • Freelance

    I can get 10% off a pinball table too?

    • Yep, anything! (at least i think)

    • Freelance

      Yay. I don’t see why they should do this at all though. It’s not like they’re the ones who caused the downtime. They don’t owe us anything.

    • Agreed. But I can’t say no to discounted games right?

    • Freelance

      I’m debating whether I should get the Zen 2 classic pack. I’m going to be running low on space and when it comes to the remaining space, I’d rather use it towards TPA pins over Zen 2 pins. Since it doesn’t look like either game is going to stop making pins anytime soon (although eventually FS will probably start running out of pins to digitize, given that lots require hefty licenses, and people don’t seem to want oldish pins, whereas Zen can keep pumping out pins since they’re not real) I’m pretty conflicted over what to do in the long run.

  • Duane Douglas

    I’m sorry, but 10% off seems rather insulting for a service that was inaccessible for many days…despite previous reassurances that it won’t ever happen. It would be much more appropriate to offer significantly more compensation in recognition of the seriousness of the technical problems that occurred.

    • Perhaps you should ask Lizard Squad to compensate you, since it was their actions which caused it.