Sony Online President’s Flight Diverted After Hacker Bomb Threat


American Airlines has diverted a flight carrying the president of Sony Online Entertainment following what may have been a bomb threat by a group of alleged hackers—the same group that has claimed responsibility for a series of outages across the PlayStation Network and other gaming services this weekend.

The FBI is currently investigating the incident, an SOE representative told Kotakutoday.

This afternoon at around 1:30pm Eastern, the group Lizard Squad tweeted at American Airlines to say that a flight carrying John Smedley, president of SOE, the developer behind EverQuest Next among other games, had “explosives on-board.”

By Jason Schreier

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