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Sony is embarrassed again as Japan blocks Playstation Network restart

Gamers surely can't take any more of this
Mon May 16 2011, 14:44

JAPANESE GIANT Sony's saga of embarrassment over the hacking of its Playstation Network continues, with Japan refusing to let it switch the network back on until the company sorts it out.

Dow Jones Newswire quoted a Japanese regulatory official, revealing that Sony still hasn't come forward to say it has completed the security measures it promised at the beginning of May. Sony was also asked to come up with something to convince people that it will be safe to use the network now and in the future, and it hasn't done this either.

The Japanese must be a little more strict with Sony than countries in other regions that have already let it start switching the network back on again, such as the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

Last month saw the start of the debacle when a severe security breach of the Playstation Network and Qriocity services compromised the confidential financial information of as many as 77 million users, including names, passwords and possibly credit card information.

Around a week later Sony admitted that 25 million more users with Sony Online Entertainment accounts might have had their information stolen. As if that wasn't bad enough, it doesn't account for the inconvenience and anger of Playstation gamers around the world who were prevented from using the gaming network until now.

The fact that Sony hasn't done what its home country clearly asked it to do shows that even if the firm is learning some lessons from this whole wretched incident, it's learning far too slowly. µ


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