Sony extends PS+ subs, gifts discount for PSN downtime

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Following an alleged hack that brought PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE offline on Christmas Day, Sony has announced that they will be extending subscribers’ PlayStation Plus subscriptions to make up for the lost time.

Posting on the PlayStation Blog, Sony thanked people for their patience during the time it took PlayStation technicians to get everything back up. To show that appreciation, Sony will be adding five days of PlayStation Plus subscription time to all members who had an active membership or free trial on 25 December 2014.

In addition to the PlayStation Plus extension, Sony will be offering all PSN members (so that’s not just PlayStation Plus subscribers) a 10% discount off “a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store”. This discount will hit at some point in January 2015, but the offer will be for a limited time.

In related news, UK police have arrested an alleged member of the group that claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day DDoS attack. 22-year-old Vinnie Omari was arrested on Monday this week, and made bail the following day. He is to appear in court on 10 March 2015.

Kotaku reports that Omari was being investigated as part of a continued UK police case involving a string of PayPal thefts. Omari’s involvement with the Christmas Day DDoS attack was confirmed, and he told a number of publications that he helped to spearhead the assault on Sony and Microsoft’s servers. He later changed his tune on Twitter so it’s a little uncertain as to how involved he actually was.

Source: PlayStation Blog & Kotaku