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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 JediJeb on 5/16/2011 5:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
What is being said is that if the government can't secure their own networks, then why should they come down heavy on Sony for the same failures. So far the only financial data to be shown to have been breached was old out of date debit card/checking account info from a few European countries. The rest was only user info on Sony's online gaming networks. Is it then Sony's fault if someone uses the same username and password for their own bank account that they use on their PSN account? Or is it Sony's fault if the moment they announced what had happened users didn't go out and change their passwords and account names on their bank accounts if they were using their PSN account info on those accounts also?

Sony definitely should suffer some legal accountability for being lax in security, but there is also a responsibility on the part of users to use proper habits online. If for convenience I go and have my car, house, atv, safety deposit box and garage key made the same, and I get a call from Ford saying someone stole copies of all their keys, should I be able to sue them if someone uses that key to break into my house? No, because it is my fault I chose convenience over security.

RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By jjmcubed on 5/16/2011 6:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
The Japanese were using best practices and were warned by others that they were in jeopardy of being hacked? You state only out of date information was stolen... you know that how?

Also, lets not take this as someone like you and I that know a bit more than the average public does about computers. Look at it from the point of view that you grandmother could have one for the grand kids.

You state Sony should suffer some legal accountability. Just not this? Is this not enough for you? Is this to much for you?

Yes, this is totally about the people that have the same passwords, and not about Sony being told they were insecure.....

RE: gov't protecting its citizens
By snakeInTheGrass on 5/16/2011 8:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, was there a story about the Japanese government getting hacked and losing 100 million people's info? After being warned? Guess I'm not really seeing the parallel.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2011 8:36:43 PM , Rating: 2
lol, Logic escapes you.

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