Regulators keep Sony's PSN offline in Japan

Sony's troubled on-line services are trundling back into life across the world today - everywhere, that is, except the company's native Japan, where regulators are still unconvinced that the gaming giant has learned its lesson.

While UK and US punters are able to enjoy the PlayStation Network once again, following a hasty security patch after ne'er-do-wells cracked the servers and made off with the personal details of millions of the company's customers, Japanese gamers are reportedly being kept offline until regulatory officials have been adequately briefed by Sony as to the precise security measures it has implemented since the attack.

Kazushige Nobutani, director of the Media and Content Industry arm of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry told Dow Jones that Sony's services - PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment, which control the on-line gaming for its PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PC gaming divisions - will remain offline until the company has convinced officials the threat of information disclosure has now passed.

"We are asking Sony whether their [security measures are good enough when compared to countermeasures taken in the past," Nobutani is quoted as saying.

While gamers eager to get back on-line playing titles such as the recently launched Brink, which has sailed to the top of the all-platforms chart despite mixed reviews, will be dismayed at the delay, it's a sensible demand on the regulator's part: with millions of credit card details believed to be at risk as a result of the earlier attacks, Sony has a long way to go to prove that it can be trusted once more.

Sony was unable to comment on the report at the time of writing.