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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 JasonMick on 5/16/2011 4:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah because laissez faire worked out so well last time we tried it. Since you obviously are clueless about the time frame we tried this read history from 1890 to about 1920. That'll narrow it down a bit.

The gov't's job, imho, is to merely protect national security and make sure that corporations don't merge/collude together to the point where they stomp out free competition.

What about that sounds like laissez faire?

Of course I understand that unfettered corporations could develop into a ruling entity, or at the very least an anti-competitive entity that left consumers with high costs and no choice.

Competition is the key.

Corporations are psychopathic by design. We wouldn't give individual psychopaths the rights we give corporations, hence the problem. Only one thing matters to a corporation: profit. They care nothing about individuals, environment, countries, humanity, morality. That's why you have governments. No one person can police every single consumer product. Nobody can be smart enough or have time enough or wants to live paranoid enough to live the society you suggest. This is the fallacy of Libertarianism. The idea you can be all-knowing, all-paranoid, all-aware of everything that might try to kill, harm, or rob you. Corporations WILL NOT think twice before doing any of this.

Corporations are profit driven. They're only as "psychopathic" as you let them be.

If you practice weak controls you're going to get screwed over. The U.S. is going to learn this first hand if the T-Mobile/AT&T merger (which I oppose, personally) is approved.

That said, there's nothing inherently wrong with Corporations/plcs/AGs/etc. if they're carefully prevented from behaving anti-competitively and are prevented from merging together into a single monopolistic entity.

Read a few history books and quit channeling Glen Beck and Lou Dobbs straight to your brain.

HA! That's a laugh. I find Glenn Beck horrible. Anyone who listens to the majority of his rants is mentally vacant.

My political opinions are my own and formed from much debate and logical thinking. They don't fit neatly in the box of any would-be commentator, and I'm proud of that. I'm a free thinker.

Sadly neither of the major American political parties fits my philosophy well...


Overall, I would say that you're right in some regards, but that you're a bit overly paranoid and that you need to consider directing your scrutiny more at specific problems versus considering the whole system somehow unworkable...

I don't think you fully understood my views (based on your comments). I'd prefer you ask before attacking me without a factual basis....

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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