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The Japanese government won't let Sony restart its online services as it's unsure if the company is doing enough to protect Japanese consumers. The PlayStation Network was recently restored in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other locations.  (Source:
Government says it won't authorize reboot unless Sony shows what precisely it's doing to protect customers

Citizens across Japan, Europe, and America fell victim to a massive breach of privacy thanks to lax security at Sony Corp. (6758).  As many as 101 million individuals are thought to have lost personal information including hashed (but not salted) passwords, plaintext usernames, addresses, and birth dates.  It is unclear whether Sony also lost tens of millions of other customers’ credit card information.

For American, Canadian, and European customers the PlayStation Network (PSN) is now back online after being shutdown for over three weeks while Sony tried to assess the extent of the damage and secure its systems.

But in Japan the network is still down and may remain so for some time.  The Japanese government has refused to let Sony restart the network without providing more explicit proof that it is securing the network.

Kazushige Nobutani, the director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, comments, "We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, and basically we want two things from them. The first is preventative measures. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference."

The second key point was that the Japanese government is demanding Sony address what steps it’s taking to protect customers whose credit card data may have been stolen.  Sony Japan has been less specific about what measures it has been taking, as opposed to Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC , which announced that it would be providing customers with a year of free identity theft coverage.

The PlayStation Network is currently back online in Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East, though it remains down in Japan and some other locations (such as China and South Korea).

Sony is also working to restore its Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) service, which was also compromised as part of the breach.  SOE offers services for certain streaming music and video offerings and also supports online games like DC Universe.

The company is currently struggling to clear the cloud of negative publicity.  It is currently facing several high profile class action lawsuits internationally, in addition to multiple government inquiries.  Customers have reportedly also been returning their PS3s and trying to trade-in their consoles for cash towards purchasing Xbox 360s.

No charges have yet been filed against those involved in the data breach.  Sony claims the online hacker collective Anonymous might have been involved, but the majority of members of the collective rebuked this claim.  Sony has presented no evidence indicating that it's figured out exactly who was involved.

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RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By jordanclock on 5/16/2011 1:43:56 PM , Rating: 2
Except part of the issue is that PSN users had little reason not to trust Sony before, and now tons of their information has been compromised. The Japanese government is doing something all governments should be doing: Ensuring steps are taken to make sure this doesn happen again, and more importantly, making sure Sony does the appropriate thing for customers whose information was stolen.

Get off your crap about not trusting the government to do what we want. This is a case of a government doing exactly as it should. Yes, the citizens should protect themselves, but when an incident of this scale and magnitude occurs, it is very appropriate for the government to step in on behalf of its citizens.

RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By danobrega on 5/16/2011 2:14:04 PM , Rating: 3
And for being compromised, users should lose all trust on Sony and decide for themselves if they want to trust Sony again or not. This has nothing to do with "Should the government stop Sony from doing their business or not".

The best way for you to ensure this doesn't happen anymore is to punish Sony by not using any of their services that require your personal data.

I didn't say I don't trust the Government, I said that government should not intervene when it doesn't have too.

The Japanese government is acting as a protective parent, being it's citizen the children. Since I'm not a child anymore, I really don't want this to happen. I enjoy my freedom and I'm ok with the responsibility that comes with it.

The Government, however, should look into the case to see if there Sony was negligent in losing it's customers data, and act accordingly to the law.

RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By phantom505 on 5/16/2011 3:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
So you think that we should all get hosed because we did business with a company that turned out not to care about security. You're saying it's ok you can walk away.

You're right, you can and probably should. But here's the kicker, you were compromised. Walking away doesn't fit that. That part requires government intervention.

What you fail to understand is you're making a leap from corporate screw ups and freedoms to individual freedoms. Nothing the government is going to here will impact an individual freedom. That's for the religious nut balls to do.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2011 4:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing the government is going to here will impact an individual freedom.

Naive border-lining on stupidity.

RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By danobrega on 5/16/2011 5:19:59 PM , Rating: 3
Where in what I wrote did I say that they can walk away? If you feel you have been harmed in some way you can sue Sony for damage. If you feel there are more people in the same position, move your arse and sue Sony collectively for damages.

You don't need big daddy to go bark at Sony for being bad to you. Grow up.

Government is here to make sure there are accessible ways with which citizens can take corporations accountable for their actions or inactions and respective consequences.

However, I don't think government should not be here to act for you when you are perfectly able to do so.

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