Hackers disrupt travel plans of top Sony executive by posting bomb-threat tweet
After attacking Sony's PlayStation Network over the weekend, a group of hackers managed to disrupt the travel plans of top Sony Corp. executive John Smedley on Sunday.
In a Twitter post - posted from their account with the handle @LizardSquad -, the hackers suggested that there was a bomb on the American Airlines flight in which Smedley, the President of Sony Online Entertainment, was travelling from Dallas to San Diego.
As a result of the bomb-threat post, which the FBI termed as a security threat, the American Airlines' plane was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Phoenix. Smedley was on-board the plane along with over 175 other passengers and six crew members.
With regard to the plane's unplanned landing in Phoenix, San Diego airport spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield said that as the flight was being re-routed, the Transportation Security Administration informed airport officials that the FBI was probing a tweet about possible explosives on the plane.
The Twitter account with the handle @LizardSquad has claimed the responsibility for the PlayStation Network outage as well as the bomb scare on the American Airlines flight on which Smedley was travelling.
About the incident, Smedley said on Twitter: "Yes, my plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys."
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