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A gamer is suing Sony over the data breach in which the personal details of more than 70 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity users were stolen.

Although Sony has maintained that there is no evidence of the theft of card data, a complaint filed in the Federal Court in San Francisco accuses the company of failing to protect user data.

The breach has resulted in the gaming network being closed since 20 April. Sony has admitted that extensive amounts of sensitive personal data was compromised, including names, email addresses, birthdates, login data and purchase history.

Alabama resident Kristopher Johns, plaintiff in the complaint, is seeking to represent all affected users. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for any losses that may result from the theft of credit card data, refunds for services, and punitive damages.

According to Information Week, the lawsuit says that Sony "failed to provide prompt and adequate warnings of security breaches, and unreasonably delayed in bringing the PSN service back on line".

Johns also accuses Sony of not complying with the credit card industry’s PCI standard. ®

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