Japanese government halts PSN relaunch in Japan. Should we be worried?

Japanese government halts PSN relaunch in Japan. Should we be worried?

Summary: The PlayStation Network is now back online worldwide -- except in Japan. Find out why the Japanese government has yet to green light the relaunch in the country.

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For most PlayStation 3 gamers around the world, they are relieved the cyber attack on their personal data on the PlayStation Network is finally over and are can once again play Killzone 3. But what if they are wrong?

The Japanese government seems to think Sony can do even more to protect its customers' data because it has yet to give Sony the green light to restore the PSN in the country, as detailed in a press release reported by our sister blog Between the Lines. Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry department at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told Dow Jones Newswires what the government is looking for from the company:

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.

What does the Japanese government know about Sony's cyber security shortcomings that prevent it from allowing the PSN to go back online in Japan? Do we still need to be worried about the security of our data on the PSN?

[Source: Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business News]

[Image: Official PlayStation blog]

Topics: Mobility, Government, Government US, Hardware, Security

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  • RE: Japanese government halts PSN relaunch in Japan. Should we be worried?

    Absolutely.
    This sounds like typical Sony:
    - Determine what you need to do
    - Promise to do it
    - Half ass do it at best
    - Short cut to make a timetable

    Worried. You bet we should. :|
    rhonin