Japan PSN still down, no ETA on restoration

By Chris Cook - Jun 24, 2011

It has been just over two months since Sony pulled the plug on their PlayStation Network. The company did this after it was forced to take action as the PSN had been attacked by hackers leaving personal information of account holders vulnerable and under threat of theft.

Before the hack was announced, Sony simply issued a site maintenance page, without notifying anybody with a reason why, which could be viewed when trying to login to the network. It was a matter of days before the company finally confirmed the PSN had in fact been hacked. Since then they have been doing their best to try to rectify the situation.

Hacker proofing the system was put down as the main reason that the outage was lasting so long. Many frustrated PlayStation 3 users who took part in a poll we performed felt that Sony was unable to make the PS3 hack proof and would rather have just had the Network put straight back up.

When the PSN finally went back up in most countries last month, Sony awarded all users with accounts a selection of games to choose two from as compensation for the outage time. They also issued passwords reset warnings before allowing users to sign back in, as a precaution. We recently brought you news reminding our readers that the package deal does not last forever however.

While most of us are now playing online again it seems there is still at least one country that has not yet had its PSN put back up and restored, that country is Sony’s homeland, Japan. Over a month ago we brought you news explaining how the country’s government was refusing to let the company restore the PSN until they were absolutely sure it was safe and secure. Today we have news that Japan is still yet to have its PSN restored, suggesting that the government is still unsatisfied with the level of security.

The news comes after the site Andriasang was able to translate a statement by Sony today. The statement broke a two week silence from the company on the situation. All it turned out to be was a brief notice apologizing for the inconvenience and long wait,, explaining that more time was needed to make adjustments. Unfortunately for the Japanese users, no ETA was mentioned.

What are your thoughts on the way Sony handled the situation? Were you satisfied with your welcome back package? What do you think the Japanese users should receive as compensation for their longer outage?

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