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Security analysts believe that hackers discovered a flaw in the Sony PlayStation video game network that allowed them to steal personal data of its 77 million customers, according to news reports.

Sony is not releasing details, but has admitted it shut down its PlayStation Network to end a “non-gaming” use of its network to stop access by an “unauthorized person” who may have gotten away with usernames, passwords, credit card information, security answers, purchase history, and mailing addresses.

In the wrong hands, the sensitive information could be used to accomplish identity theft, such as fraudulently opening security cards, bank accounts, or obtaining public benefits. According to Javelin Strategy and Research, more than 11 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2009, with a total fraud estimated to be at $54 billion.

The Guardian U.K. is reporting that Sony failed to girder its PlayStation network with adequate security when it launched five years ago.

Sheller PC is currently litigating a class action related to security network breaches. If you have been affected by this new breach please contact us at (800) 883-2299.

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