PHOENIX — The FBI is investigating a bomb threat that forced American Airlines flight 362 from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, bound for San Diego, to land in Phoenix. The flight was redirected as a precaution.
It’s believed hackers may be at the center of the threat. A threatening tweet was posted on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, and appeared on a page belonging to Lizard Squad.
According to gameinformer.com, the same group apparently is behind a DDoS attack that shutdown Sony PlayStation networks. Sony’s Online President, John Smedley, was onboard flight 362. Lizard Squad’s threatening tweet specifically mentions his name.
The group’s Twitter page also shows several posts that reference the network outage.
I hate American Airlines
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
Flight 362 landed safely in Phoenix. Pictures posted online show law enforcement agents gathered around the carrier, as it sat on the tarmac. Other pictures show passengers’ luggage lined-up, as agents search the bags.
Gameinformer.com reports a Sony representative issued a statement saying the FBI is now investigating this matter, and the company had no further comment.