Sony Exec's Flight Diverted After Hacker Group Claims Explosives On Board

John Smedley - P 2012

John Smedley - P 2012

The same group also took responsibility for Sony's PlayStation Network being down

An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted to Phoenix on Sunday after a tweet claimed there were explosives on the plane, according to reports and tweets about the incident.

The below tweet was sent by an account claiming to belong to the hacker group Lizard Squad.

Smedley's flight was diverted, he tweeted, a Sony spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press and CBS News reported. Smedley later tweeted the following statement about the incident.

Lizard Squad's Twitter account also claimed responsibility for an attack this weekend on Sony's PlayStation Network. The network was unusable from Sunday morning until early Monday morning after an online attack. Sony said in a blog post that the incident was a distributed denial of service attack. The company added there was "no evidence of any unauthorized access to users' personal information."