When we told you that the PlayStation Network was back, we pointed out that while it was being turned back on around the world, some countries were missing out on this first phase.
One of those unlucky countries was a little surprising – Sony‘s homeland, Japan.
It seems there’s more to the story than we’d anticipated, too – Japanese authorities have actually frozen the company’s attempt to turn the network back on in the land of the Rising Sun, because they believe the promised security upgrades and tweaks are still “incomplete”.
Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, has gone on the record to explain:
“We met with Sony on 6th May and 13th, and basically we want two things from them.
“The first is preventative measures. As of 13th May, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the 1st May press conference.”
Particular details have been kept quiet at this stage, for security reasons, but the second thing that the government wants is more information on how exactly Sony aim to re-inspire consumer confidence and faith regarding personal data including credit card information.
PlayStation Network and Qriocity had been offline for more than three weeks, following an unauthorised intrusion that saw more than 12.3 million credit card details allegedly compromised, and 77 million user accounts affected.
Other international governments did not put restrictions in place, allowing the electronics giant to reboot the PlayStartion Network and Qriocity servers over the weekend. Following the inevitable influx of gamers submitting password-change requests, the service was soon taken offline yet again, to give the machines a chance to recover – but we hear it’s all moving ahead now as planned.
The United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office is also looking into the incident, to determine whether Sony was in breach of the Data Protection Act when the event occurred. If found guilty, the penalty is a fine of up to half a million pounds.