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Sony Executive's Flight Rerouted Following Alleged Bomb Threat

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sigh

This isn’t a story that we expected to be writing on what should be a slow Sunday, but there are reports that Sony Online Entertainment chief John Smedley’s flight has been rerouted following bomb threats by the same group claiming responsibility for today’s PlayStation Network outage. The executive had tweeted earlier in the day that he was flying from Dallas to San Diego, but Flight Aware shows that the craft that the EverQuest maker was aboard was forced to touch down in Phoenix.

“Flight diverted for security reasons,” the Sony employee wrote on Twitter, seemingly unaware of the cyber squad’s messages. “Something about security and our cargo.” The plane is thought to be carrying 179 passengers and six crew members. An American Airlines spokesperson has since confirmed to the Arizona Republic that Flight 362 – the same one that Smedley was on – was diverted due to a security related incident. According to Kotaku, an SOE spokesperson has said that the FBI is now investigating the affair.

Update: Smedley has tweeted an update on the situation: "All is well," he said. "Yes, my plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that."

[via polygon.com, joystiq.com, twitter.com, flightaware.com, azcentral.com, kotaku.com]

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User Comments (27)

Punished_Boss

#1

Punished_Boss said:

F*cking hell, this is too much now. According to the group they DDOS attacked Sony's network for better security after paying for PSN.

But this is taking sh*t farther than it needs to be. This is just sick.

Language - get2sammyb

3Above

#4

3Above said:

"Now this is just how CRAZY Batman's made Gotham!" The Dark Knight quotes just seem to be flowing today.

But seriously this is beyond unacceptable. Its clearly terrorism at this point.

Knux

#5

Knux said:

It's a sad day when effing idiotic terrorists are essentially targeting a gaming company. :(

Demi_God

#7

Demi_God said:

I wonder why this all of sudden focus on Sony right now. Their system is a huge success and that makes certain people upset so they have to attack them over it? o.O bahahahaha Sony has got something awesome up their sleeves for TGS. muahahaha :X

Pink_Floyd

#8

Pink_Floyd said:

What a bunch of nuts. This whole consul war is out of hand. I blame the media. Plus I think most fanboys are compensating for something small.

Paranoimia

#9

Paranoimia said:

Well, if it's the same people, you can guarantee one thing... when they catch up with them, they'll get the book thrown at them. Bringing down a corporate network is one thing - bomb threats against aircraft are a whole other level.

Munkyknuts

#11

Munkyknuts said:

Damn....elevation from irritating attack on PSN to terrorist actions? This is all just crazy.

Demi_God

#14

Demi_God said:

So they can't break the Sony security so now they are using terroristic threats and everything else. bunch of wimps. This doesn't make any sense though. O.o I'm boggled because usually terroristic threats are for goverment workers, buildings, landmarks with people around or in them, etc etc. This move however is very ummm juvenile like, it doesn't make sense.

LDXD

#15

LDXD said:

Wow how r***rded can people be? Looking at some serious jail time for this just to annoy a few people

Language - get2sammyb

Demi_God

#19

Demi_God said:

This is going to backfire on those guys doing these attacks. smh to much of the coolaid isn't good.

TasukiStaff

#20

Tasuki said:

This is the one of the biggest problems of everything going digital. I hope they find these guys and make them pay.

hadlee73

#21

hadlee73 said:

Not even sure what to type in reply. These acts are just so idiotic, they leave me speechless. Or typeless, or whatever.

AeroZeppelin

#22

AeroZeppelin said:

@hadlee73 Same i don't know what to say or type in reply either this is so sad and absurd i can't even believe it really does make you question what is this world comeing too or rather what has this world come too how did it come to this?

banacheck

#23

banacheck said:

By the sounds of things thank God everyone is safe, hopefully these guys are caught and soon.

Johnnycide

#24

Johnnycide said:

I think I speak for most of us when I say that these people are a bunch of horsef#£¥@ing sh**weasels. Completely and utterly unacceptable.

Itachi

#25

Itachi said:

It's a pretty sad shame when a group of terrorists target a gaming company. I hope these guys realize their desire to destroy Sony if ever succeeded will destroy the dreams of millions of children around the world. I know since the rise of fanboys, gaming has a slight aura of negativity, but at it's heart gaming is a good thing and is meant to make people happy.

THIS_SITE_SUCKS

#26

THIS_SITE_SUCKS said:

Pathetic move. Hopefully these morons feel the full force of the law very soon and they're never allowed to cause this kind of terrorism again.

FATHASUN

#27

FATHASUN said:

I wonder.. Could this be some form of CORPORATE WARFARE?

Let the conspiracy their commence!

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