Good, or at least decent, things come to those who wait, even if they had no choice but do so. In 2011, Sony suffered a massive breach of the Playstation Network, compromising data for gamers across the world and resulting in an extended service outage. Now, as a result of a class action lawsuit, any gamer who had a PSN account at the time is eligible for one of a few digital rewards, including a free PS3 game, free themes, or 3 months of Playstation Plus for new subscribers. Users can also choose to cancel their account and cash out their Playstation wallets. Head over to this website to file a claim.

Anyone who can prove they suffered identity theft as a result of the attack can also claim reimbursement up to $2,500. While the PSN hack affected users across the world, this is a US settlement, and as such only applies to US citizens. Here’s the list of games claimants can choose from. None of them would run you all that much if you bought them today, but hey, better than nothing. I’d probably go with LittleBigPlanet.

  • Dead Nation (PS3)
  • Infamous (PS3)
  • LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
  • Super Stardust HD (PS3)
  • rain (PS3)
  • Puppeteer (PS3)
  • Invizimals: Lost Kingdom (PS3)
  • God of War® HD (PS3)
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP)
  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers (PSP)
  • Patapon 3 (PSP)
  • WipEout Pure (PSP

Cyber attacks have been making big headlines recently, from Lizard Squad’s Christmas Day attacks To North Korea’s Sony Pictures hack and the summer’s iCloud scandal. President Obama even mentioned the importance of cyber-security in the State of The Union Address, saying that “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism.”

Don’t expect this sort of thing to be going away anytime soon, however. DDOS attacks of the kind Lizard Squad is so fond of are easy to pull off and difficult to defend against, and the world of more complex hacks takes place in a constantly changing, difficult to predict environment. Best move is probably to just keep a very close eye on your bank accounts.