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Sony suffers DDoS attack and bomb threat

Sony suffers DDoS attack and bomb threat

The hack has become an issue of national security and is now being investigated by the FBI.

Playstation Network has recovered from a denial of service attack that took the service out in North America for the day.

In addition to the DDoS attack, the hackers responsible even managed to divert a Sony executive’s flight by including a bomb threat to the airline in their assault. Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley and 178 other passengers were diverted to Phoenix away from their original San Diego destination.

On the Playstation blog, Sony states that they have not seen any evidence of personal user information being swiped during the attack and the network itself does not appear to have been breached.

The attack has resulted in scheduled maintenance that was supposed to happen yesterday to be shifted back to a later date.

Talking to ShackNews, an SOE spokesperson said that the FBI had taken up the case and that the incident had become an issue of national security.

The hackers claiming responsibility over Twitter, Lizard Squad, also said they had attacked Blizzard Entertainment, League of Legends and Path of Exile earlier on. After taking out the Playstation Network, they were boasting that they were moving on to Xbox Live, which is currently reporting problems with party chat and server issues on Diablo 3 games on the Xbox One and the Xbox 360.

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Anfield 26th August 2014, 12:30 Quote
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In addition to the DDoS attack, the hackers responsible even managed to divert a Sony executive’s flight by including a bomb threat to the airline in their assault.

Interfering with an american aircraft in a post 9/11 world?

That has to be just about the most moronic choice of crime.
Bobman 26th August 2014, 12:47 Quote
Agreed - they're going to get a lot of interest from the American agencies methinks!!
WarrenJ 26th August 2014, 13:02 Quote
I wouldn't be suprised if they don't class it as a terrorist threat to be honest.

Somone's going to be playing "pick up the soap" for quite some time.
Maki role 26th August 2014, 14:22 Quote
People like this are why we can't have nice things. Luckily (naturally unfortunate for those affected) the bomb threat's probably got a few too many parties involved, I wonder if they'll now be tracked down? Bunch of tossers really.
ajfsound 26th August 2014, 15:15 Quote
PSN is down for me again - not sure if it's related...scheduled maintenance was yesterday...

EDIT: Apparently down for maintenance again
theshadow2001 26th August 2014, 18:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by WarrenJ
I wouldn't be suprised if they don't class it as a terrorist threat to be honest.

Somone's going to be playing "pick up the soap" for quite some time.

Well they classify bringing your nail clippers on a plane as a terrorist threat. So I would think a bomb hoax would easily fall into the same category.
Cei 26th August 2014, 18:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by ajfsound
PSN is down for me again - not sure if it's related...scheduled maintenance was yesterday...

EDIT: Apparently down for maintenance again

The DDoS happened just before scheduled maintenance, so they delayed it. Ergo, you ran in to it.
dark_avenger 27th August 2014, 01:50 Quote
Making bomb threats like that is a good way to find yourself on a one way flight to guantanamo bay.....

Can't be the sharpest tools in the shed...
Dave Lister 27th August 2014, 10:40 Quote
The only reason they did the bomb threat is because the idiot Sony guy twitted what flight he was on and its departure time ! these 'hackers' probably just saw the bomb threat as a golden opportunity to mess with Sony even more.
ArcAngeL 27th August 2014, 11:14 Quote
Ddos has been known to kill routers and switches so, aside from the scheduled maintenance they may also have to replace some hardware.
Votick 27th August 2014, 11:26 Quote
Pretty sure it was @FamedGod not Lizard Squad.
However the bombm threat was the Lizards doing.
XXAOSICXX 28th August 2014, 20:44 Quote
CIA poses as internet hacker group. Hassles Sony to make it look like Anonymous. Claims bomb is on plane....

...1 year later....

Even stricter laws passed in the USA to lock down personal freedoms.

...1 year later...

The UK does the same.

Just saying :p
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