Lizard Squad, the hacker group which today caused widespread disruption to both PlayStation Network and Battle.net with DDOS attacks, forced the plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley to divert after claiming there was a bomb on board.
The group confirmed that they were behind the attack on their Twitter account:
Sony, yet another large company, but they aren't spending the waves of cash they obtain on their customers' PSN service. End the greed.— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014
Sony has confirmed that they are aware of issues with PSN and that they are currently working to fix them.
Several hours after the attack began Lizard Squad then tweeted:
Smedley has confirmed that he was on the flight.
Awesome. Flight diverted to Phoenix for security reasons.— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
Something about security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmac— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
While it seems likely that the threat was a hoax, nothing could possibly justify a bomb scare on an airplane or anywhere else for that matter.
Personal and financial information has not been compromised by the attack and we'll update you once PlayStation Network services return to normality. PlayStation Network was set for scheduled maintenence tomorrow.