by Owen S. Good
The hacker group claiming responsibility for today’s PlayStation Network outage sent a bomb threat, via Twitter, about an American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley. Smedley has confirmed he is on the flight and that it was diverted for security reasons.
“Something about security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmac,” Smedley tweeted. Polygon has reached out to representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America, SOE and the Phoenix office of the FBI for additional comment.
An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to The Arizona Republic that Flight 362 was diverted for security reasons.
Earlier this afternoon, the hacker group that says it brought down PSN tweeted this threat to American Airlines’ account. A tweet since taken down also contained an image appearing to show an e-Ticket for Smedley’s flight, with a confirmation number, asking Smedley and Sony if this was indeed his flight. The hackers continued to tweet threats about the flight.
Both American’s flight tracker and FlightAware.com (screenshot above) show American Airlines Flight 362 being diverted from its path to San Diego into Phoenix. The flight is carrying 179 passengers and six crew. It departed Phoenix for San Diego at 1 pm ET, according to American Airlines.
Smedley earlier today mentioned he was flying from Dallas back to San Diego; SOE has significant operations in both areas.