Japan Blocks Sony From Restoring PSN Services

The Land of the Rising Sun demands stronger security practices.

Japanese PlayStation gamers have sat by on the sidelines as North American, European, Australian, New Zealand and even South American gamers have regained access to the PSN over the past day and a half. As it turns out, there’s a good reason why Sony has failed to bring services back online in its home country. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is unsatisfied with what Sony has done to increase network protection.

Kazushige Nobutani, director of the ministry’s Media and Content Industry department, said in a statement that they met with Sony officials on May 6 and 13; at which time, they made it clear that the publisher would have to meet two requirements before being permitted to restore the system.

“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,” Nobutani-san reported. Unfortunately, they were unable to comment on specifics owing to the fact that they are security related. Secondly, the department wants to know how Sony’s response — in the wake of the attack — stacks up to similar situations from the past. He said that “we are asking Sony whether their measures are good enough when compared to countermeasures taken in the past.”

No timetable of any sort for these mandates was provided to the press. Hopefully Sony can meet the government requirements in a timely manner, so that Japanese gamers can rejoin the rest of us on the interwebs shortly.

[Source: Nikkei]

[Image courtesy of Platform Nation.]

Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo
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