Although Sony may be restoring services on the PlayStation Network around the world, one country says No. Japan has not yet approved Sony to start up their online services until they have proven that they have taken the necessary measures to secure their network against another incident.
Kazushige Nobutani the director of Media and Content Industry department in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry told the Dow Jones Newswires that there were two areas that require further explanation before Japan can approve Sony to start up services. They also stated that as of May 13th Sony was not complete in securing their network as they said they would do on May 1st.
So, Once Sony has satisfied Japan, the network services will be restored for all Japanese users. Till now they will remain offline, hopefully this will not affect any other countries. In other light, this could still be good for Sony, as it will help them further secure their networks against future incursions and build a better network overall. It will also help other companies realize that they are to vulnerable to these kinds of attacks and should take steps to prevent this kind of attack or suffer the PR nightmare.
Japan Restart of Sony Online Games Services Not Yet Approved
By Takashi Mochizuki
Published May 15, 2011
| Dow Jones Newswires
TOKYO -(Dow Jones)- Sony Corp. (SNE, 6758.TO) 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.”