Sony Network Hacked, Executive's Flight Grounded After Threats
It's been a rough few days for Sony security – not only did hackers attack the company’s PlayStation Network, apparently they disrupted a top executive’s travel plans by suggesting on Twitter that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.
The airline cut short the flight on Sunday and made an unplanned landing in Phoenix. Passengers’ bags were searched by police officers with dogs, and the plane later resumed its flight to San Diego.
According to The Associated Press, a Twitter account called “Lizard Squad” tweeted to American Airlines that there might be explosives on the plane carrying John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment (a branch of the company that makes video games). The same account claimed responsibility for the PlayStation Network outage, which left the network’s online services unavailable from Sunday through Monday afternoon Tokyo time. According to Sony, no personal information was stolen during the denial-of-service attack against Sony.