An online hacking group that also claimed to be responsible for the recent PlayStation Network outage has reportedly indicated that it was also behind a bomb threat called in to American Airlines that saw flight 362 from Dallas to Phoenix redirected as a result. Polygon reports
that Sony Online Entertainment present John Smedley had been on board and is the presumed target of the felony prank.
"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. KPNX-TV also reported the FBI was investigating the threat.
Earlier this afternoon, the hacker group that says it brought down PSN tweeted this threat to American Airlines' account. A tweet while the flight was airborne (and since taken down) also contained a link to this 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.
Sony has reassured
PlayStation Network users that "no personal information has been accessed", but as of the time this article, services have yet to be restored.