Bomb Threat Grounds Sony Online President’s Flight, FBI Investigating
There are certain things we wish we didn't have to report. They don't happen often, but when they do all we can do is shake our heads while we type the details of the story. This is undoubtedly one of those times.
After taking credit for DDoS attacks that brought down the PlayStation Network and other online games, a group of hackers calling themselves Lizard Squad issued a bomb threat to American Airlines flight 362 from Dallas to San Diego, a flight with Sony Online president John Smedley as one of its passengers.
Here's the original tweet leveling the charges:
After that, John Smedley's Twitter account started to mention changes to his travel:
Eventually and thankfully, Smedley would soon update that he is fine and everything was okay:
Game Informer sent an inquiry to the FBI, who responeded with a brief and discreet statemeny: "Today AA Flight 362 traveling from Dallas to San Diego was diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The flight landed without incident. Passengers were safely removed from the plane. The investigation is still ongoing."
Essentially, some folks (one folk?) with a lot of time on their hands and nothing better to do not only took down the servers of many video game services, but then they escalated their criminal activity by calling in a false bomb threat on an American commercial flight. We hope whoever is responsible for this madness is familiar with three-letter agencies, because they're about to be.