Sony was hit with a cyber attack over the weekend that targeted the PlayStation Network, flooding it with faux traffic. At the same time, a mysterious Twitter account, @LizardSquard, threatened an American Airlines flight that Sony President John Smedley was traveling on. @LizardSquard has since said they carried out the attack on PlayStation system.
Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys.— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
The flight was en route from Dallas to San Diego, but landed in Phoenix instead.
After Sony was hit with a major hack back in 2011, they revamped systems to prevent such penetrating hits, and luckily little damage was done this time around. While the attack did bring down the network for some time, the hackers were unable to penetrate users' account information, such as logins, passwords or game logs. Lizard Squad also attacked World of Warcraft and Xbox Live.
Lizard Squad sent a number of tweets claiming an association with terrorist organization ISIL and the Islamic caliphate:
We invite the kuffar FBI to come to the Caliphate to arrest us.— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014
A video titled "Terrorists Win" was also posted by the account.
However, Smedley believes the association with ISIL is just a ruse, meant as a scare tactic by the hackers:
I wish the national media would stop letting these DDOS trolls occasional use of the ISIS crap be taken seriously. Seeing news accounts— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 25, 2014
that make it sound like that's serious. Media please don't get trolled. those ISIS guys are pure evil and shouldn't be conflated with trolls— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 25, 2014
The FBI is now investigating the threat made against American Airlines and Smedley.
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