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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: RuliWeb.com)
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 phantom505 on 5/16/2011 2:48:58 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah so they got called and they got to say whatever it is they wanted to say. One could assume that the things they said were true. Seems like Japan is requiring them to show proof.

Which one do you think is more effective? Asking them if they are playing nice or making sure they are?


RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By FITCamaro on 5/16/2011 5:22:10 PM , Rating: 1
I don't give a shit about what Japan does. I don't live in Japan.

But I do give a shit about the government trying to tell a company they can't run an online games service because it doesn't meet their approval. It is the job of the consumer, not the government, to weigh the risks with the rewards when signing up for this kind of service.


RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By Makaveli on 5/16/2011 8:36:28 PM , Rating: 1
You don't give a shit about Japan or what goes on there ok!

But I do give a shit about what the Japanese government is trying to do??

So which is it??


RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By FITCamaro on 5/16/2011 9:17:53 PM , Rating: 1
I'm talking about the US government.


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