PlayStation, XBox Services Hacked; Tweet Points to ISIS
Sony exec's plane diverted over threat
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2014 8:58 AM CDT
Attendees take pictures at the Sony's Playstation presentation ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. The spotlight at this week's E3 is expected to shift...   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Multiple major gaming networks faced technical trouble this weekend, and reports suggest hackers are to blame. Sony's PlayStation Network was down yesterday; Microsoft's Xbox Live and Blizzard's were among other services apparently affected, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, a Sony executive was threatened in the air: The president of Sony Online Entertainment was onboard an American Airlines flight that received a bomb threat, forcing the Dallas to San Diego flight to land in Phoenix.

Exec John Smedley had been tweeting about a "large scale" hack of Sony's systems; he then tweeted that he was boarding a plane. A Twitter account for a group calling itself Lizard Squad said it was behind the hack and also noted the bomb threat, the AP reports. The same account, Breitbart notes, earlier tweeted that "Kuffar don't get to play videogames until bombing of the ISIL stops." (Kuffar refers to non-Muslims, while ISIL refers to the Islamic State, the BBC notes). But who is responsible for the attack isn't clear: A hacker with the Anonymous group also claimed to be behind the gaming attack, accompanying the claim with screenshots. That hacker says the effort was aimed at exposing Sony's security issues. No user data was breached in this attack, Sony says, per the AP, and the company says the system has been fixed.

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Aug 26, 2014 7:07 PM CDT
In case you didn't guess, a DOS attack is a way to sneak in a bot program by having security focus on the DOS.
Pepe Le Pew
Aug 25, 2014 2:11 PM CDT
And in other news, some fatty put down his doritos loco and redbull mixture to engage in a type of "forced march" out of boredom to see what was happening outside. Forgetting that the sun shines brightly in the summer, severe cornial burning ensued...
Aug 25, 2014 12:12 PM CDT
Ok, NOW i've had enough of these assholes. This was the last straw!