Free Benefits of the Sony Playstation Hack

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We know what you’re thinking. What a weird thing to say about an issue that has crippled the ability of millions to get their money’s worth out of the PSN network. But, thanks to a timely response from Sony, some promised make-up gifts to affected gamers, and clever workarounds, there is indeed some form of silver lining to this whole debacle. Guy: As we mentioned briefly a couple of weeks back, Sony’s PSN network online service has been down for some time as a result of a hacker attack.

More specifically, the Playstation Network (PSN) has been down since April 20 .  It went down due to a security breach where 77 million users had their personal information hijacked (including names, addresses, email addresses, birthdays, usernames and passwords, and possibly credit card info).  It is suspected that the attack was done by the “hacking activist” group known as Anonymous.

Yasar: During this dark period (of nearly a month), Playstation users have been unable to access online gaming, music, and even streaming services like Netflix.  PS3 users have every right to be upset about the breach, but for those who are trying to see the glass as half-full, we’ve got just the stuff to fill that glass.

The first thing that will be of use to you is that you can still use Netflix.  There is a simple little trick you can use to get it to connect.  First thing you do is try to start Netflix and try logging onto the PSN network.  It’ll fail.  Try a second time, and you’ll fail again.  When you try the third time–Voila, you’ll be able to connect!

Guy: Now let’s get to all of the stuff Sony is going to give you for free once the network returns.  We’re not going to give you an estimate because Sony keeps changing it.  According to the Washington Post, Sony will be giving you “a year of free identity theft insurance through Debix, an online security firm, to all those who register by June 18.”  That’s the least they could do for letting random people steal all of your information.

The next thing Sony is going to give you is a free month of Playstation Plus.  If you were not a Playstation Plus member before the outage, have no fear–you’ll still be getting the free month.  Everyone will also be given the choice of two free PSN games.  You’ll be given five to choose from if you’re a PS3 user and four to choose from if you’re a PSP user.

So that about covers all of the freebies. What do you think? A good response or could they offer more? Let your voices be heard below.

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  1. plod360

    3 years ago

    wat a pile of toosh a cloud dont have silver lining do u really think sony will give us something that we would use or want it shouldnt take this long and the fact they keep us in the dark bet they fixin the problem with just 1 guy that works 9 till 5 not a team of guys workin round the clock

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  2. GuyCopes

    3 years ago

    @plod360 I feel your frustration. But, as there isn’t much we can do but wait and see, I am personally happy with the response, if not the cause/reason or fact that everything was shutdown and compromised in the first place. I was mad for a minute, but now am looking at the freebies and insurance policy as good initial compensation for my distress. So far, my bank account hasn’t been affected. I really feel for game developers who are losing a ton of money because of no access by gamers to their online features.

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  3. Yasarh

    3 years ago

    @plod360 What do you think would be a better, more transparent response from Sony? I agree they could do more too and it’s become absurd how long it’s taken for them to get everything back on track

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  4. Kenny01

    3 years ago

    One of the best free benefits of the PSN troubles is that my decision to stick with PC gaming looks that much better.

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  5. GuyCopes

    3 years ago

    @Kenny01…hahaha

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  6. priaprism

    3 years ago

    Sony announced the free ID theft insurance a week ago saying we would get an e-mail with further info on how to sign up. One week later and no e-mail or further info. By the time we get that insurance active, our personal info will be all over the world. Thanks for nothing Sony!
    Sony translations:
    “A few days” means a few months
    “shortly” means NEVER!

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  7. priaprism

    3 years ago

    Those free PSN games sure sound great. Can’t wait to DL them next year when the network comes back online. Too bad they will probably start charging for the network and we’ll pay more for that than the “free” games are worth!

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  8. RealDeal

    3 years ago

    With the possibility of credit card info at risk, I’m surprised that Sony is only offering “a year of free identity theft insurance through Debix, an online security firm, to all those who register by June 18″ when all the thieves would have to do is hurry up and use the credit card info (since none of us can log in to change our cc number with PSN!!!!!), or wait a year from that date and then use the cc info. Sony…c’mon! Lifetime credit monitoring, lifetime ID theft insurance, etc would be a good start. If that’s too much to ask, then maybe it’s too much for YOU to ask for our credit card numbers….

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  9. GuyCopes

    3 years ago

    The Network went live again over the weekend. Prompts come up when you download the update to change your info.

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