PlayStation Network still down in Japan

Sony apologises for the long wait.

The PlayStation Network is still down in Japan two months after Sony took the service offline - and it seems no closer to being restored.

Sony issued a notice today, translated by Andriasang, apologising for the continued outage. It said more time is needed to make adjustments with the "various related parties".

No estimated restoration date was suggested.

Last month it emerged that Japanese authorities had halted Sony's attempt to turn PSN on in its homeland because it believed promised security countermeasures were "incomplete".

"We met with Sony on 6th May and 13th, and basically we want two things from them," Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, said at the time.

"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."

Exactly what the preventative measures were remained a secret for security reasons.

The second demand was said to revolve around how Sony hopes to regain consumer confidence over personal data, such as credit card information.

"There were similar cases in the past that were caused by other firms, and we are asking Sony whether their measures are good enough when compared to countermeasures taken in the past," Nobutani said.

PSN had been offline since 20th April following the security breach that left personal information tied to some 77 million user accounts compromised and the details of around 12.3 million credit card possibly stolen.

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