Sony Playstation Network Relaunches Just Not In Japan
By Christopher Weaver


Sony’s Playstation Network has been down since April 19th 2011, and was scheduled to be back up by May 31. We are pleased to report that the greater part of the network was relaunched on Saturday May 14th. North American, Europe, Australia and Latin America are now able to play online, but those in Japan remain unable.

Japan’s director of media and content for the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry stated, “As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference.” This doesn’t state the exact problems that prevented PSN from relaunching in Japan, but it does show that there is still some concern about security issues.

“The company has made considerable enhancements to the data security, including updating and adding advanced security technologies; additional software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing; and increased levels of encryption and additional firewalls,” Sony said in a statement accompanying the relaunch of its service. “The company also added a variety of other measures to the network infrastructure, including an early-warning system for unusual activity patterns that could signal an attempt to compromise the network.”

All in all, most people are happy as a result of this news, and hopefully Japan will join the fun here shortly or at least by the May 31st deadline. I only wonder if there will be additional changes made to the Japanese part of PSN or if more changes will be rolled out to the entire infrastructure.


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