Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

Summary: Sony announced over the weekend that it would be restoring PlayStation Network service gradually throughout the globe. However, not every country will welcome the service back just yet.

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Sony announced over the weekend that it would be restoring PlayStation Network service gradually throughout the globe. However, not every country will welcome the service back just yet.

Japan, the homeland of Sony's global headquarters, is requiring at lot more than just promises when it comes to future security measures.

After two meetings with Sony execs, Kazushige Nobutani, director of Japan's Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told Dow Jones Newswires that the Japanese government has asked for the following:

"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," he said, adding that he could not provide details on the outstanding issues for security reasons.

The second was in how Sony hoped to regain consumer confidence over personal data such as credit card information.

As much as PlayStation Network subscribers in Japan and around the world want to see PSN restored, these are questions that need to be asked and properly answered before turning the channel back on. While Sony has finally given some more clear-cut answers in the last two weeks (albeit after a long period of relative silence), perhaps it would be wiser for more countries to follow Japan's lead in this case considering how much sensitive data has been at risk and could be at risk again in the future.

The PlayStation Network is being turned on again in the United States, but not all 50 states are getting access back at once. Initally, only California and states in New England have seen PSN back online.

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    bargeemike
    • A New member to the Group, Wecome.

      @bargeemike you're a iHater! Stop with the "Apple fanbois" stuff and focus on the subject.
      MacNewton
      • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

        @MacNewton

        An iHater? This is written on an iPad, my all-time favourite portable computing device. Our household has Apple computing devices at a ratio of 2 to 1 over and above non-Apple computers (well,lets be fair, an iPad and a Macbook to a desktop PC!). It's just that I've had to read through so many Apple fanboi posts assuming that anything that does not hail Steve Jobs as god is paid for by Microsoft for the sole purpose of marketing I decided to get my retaliation in first!
        bargeemike
    • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

      @bargeemike Hey now, I access my xBox Live Account from my Mac quite nicely thankyou.
      markh789
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      Joe.Smetona
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    You're a little late, Fan Girl. It's already been on in the US for about 24 hours now. Well, have fun... Journalists are a joke at ZDNet.
    Toque_3D
    • hmn.

      @Toque_3D
      Hmn, i for one believe the origional art and focus that comes from these is something that should be recognised
      lokinash
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    How many states are there in New England anyway?
    darint
    • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

      @darint
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England
      jschmidt2003
    • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

      @darint, quite a few, they got independace ages ago fro0m the real england.
      ukdaveg
  • If Japan doesn't want it on...

    ... maybe we shouldn't either?
    PC Ferret
    • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

      @PC Ferret I would have to agree.
      MisstreeGB
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    It's back on in Indiana, so the "only California and New England" bit is obviously wrong.
    IndianaTux
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    I got PSN back 2 days ago in Washington State and network throughput feels great for navigation. I don't game on the PS3 Console online so I am not sure about that. Conssole in my head are not made for that!!
    Ez_Customs
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    That's strange I live in Mississippi and I have been online since Saturday. Someone need to check their facts
    mark_1969
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    "Was it off? I hadn't noticed, and didn't miss it."
    --America
    monicabower
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    PSN been back in PA and NJ since late saturday the 14th.
    J1R1
  • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

    PSN still not on in Ontario Canada. Still got a big japanesse paper weight in my room (May 16) guess it hasn't gotten here yet, oh well just gotta be patient I guess
    PS3rocks
    • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

      @jhmassi It was up for me on the 15th in Ontario...
      mark@...
    • RE: Japan blocks PlayStation Network reboot as security precaution

      @jhmassi haha yeah I think you're just getting screwed around or something...it was back up for me on the 15th in Ontario too.
      jmckay417