Japan Won’t Allow Sony To Turn PSN Back On, Wants Them To First Prove PlayStation Network Is Safe For Use

In news that can’t be easy for Japanese PSN fans to read, Sony is being prevented from turning it’s PlayStation Network back on by the country’s own government.

Engadget reports that Dow Jones reporters are saying that the Japanese government won’t allow Sony to flick the switch until they’ve received assurances regarding the new security measures put into place to prevent a repeat of last month’s hacking, and subsequent theft of personal data.

Sony has put together new security systems during the services downtime but apparently that isn’t quite enough, with Japan wanting more answers. The government is also worried that all the measures outlined by Sony aren’t yet in full effect.

Makes sense to us. Full statement below.

Sony will not be allowed to restart its halted online game services in Japan until it provides further information on what measures it has taken since an earlier hacking incident, a Japanese regulatory official said Sunday.

"We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, 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, told Dow Jones Newswires.

He listed two areas where it requires further explanation before approval will be given following the incidents regarding its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment videogame services.

"The first is preventative measures. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference," he said, adding that he could not provide details on the outstanding issues for security reasons.

The second was in how Sony hoped 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," he said.

Sony began a limited and phased restoration of the services Saturday, bringing the company a step closer to normalcy following an attack on its systems that compromised personal information for more than 100 million user accounts last month. It said that it would begin bringing its PlayStation Network back online in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

"We are still in talks with various authorities (in Japan and Asia)," Sony spokeswoman Kumie Tanaka said." By receiving advice from the industry ministry, we would like to have the service in Japan ready."

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