Aug 24 Sony Corp said on Sunday its
PlayStation Network was taken down by a denial of service-style
attack and the FBI was investigating the diversion of a flight
carrying a top Sony executive amid reports of a claim that
explosives were on board.
The company said in a posting on its PlayStation blog that
no personal information of the network was accessed in the
attack, which overwhelmed the system with heavy traffic.
"We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope
to have our services up and running as soon as possible," it
A plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John
Smedley was diverted on Sunday, Smedley said in a post on
microblogging site Twitter.
A group called Lizard Squad sent a message through its
Twitter account to American Airlines saying Smedley's flight had
explosives on board, according to a report by USA Today. The
group also used Twitter to claim credit for the network attack,
the newspaper said.
USA Today reported that the Dallas/Fort Worth flight to San
Diego was diverted and landed safely in Phoenix.
A PlayStation spokeswoman in the United States said the
diverted flight was being handled by the FBI and had no comment.
An FBI spokesman had no immediate comment.
Sony is hoping its PlayStation network, with 52 million
active users, can serve as a centrepiece of its plans to rebuild
its business after years of losses in its flagship electronics
The network business has been hit by attacks before, with a
security breach in 2011 dealing a major blow to plans at the
time for a looser network designed to allow for the connection
of a range of Sony devices.
(Reporting by Malathi Nayak and Jim Finkle; Writing by Edmund
Klamann; Editing by Stephen Coates)