Bomb Threat, Hack Attack Disrupt Sony PlayStation

Traffic spike caused outage

Sony's PlayStation Network is back up and running today after a cyber attack caused a weekend-long outage. No user information was breached, according to a Reuters report.

In a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, hackers sent a crippling volume of traffic that effectively shut down the system. None of the 53 million PlayStation users' account information was compromised. On the PlayStation blog, Sony issued the following update: "We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users' personal information."

Also, there was a bomb threat on Sunday against an American Airlines flight carrying Sony president John Smedley. The flight was safely diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and then reached the final destination of San Diego. 

The cyber attack and bomb threat were both posted on Twitter under the account @LizardSquad. 

Today, a few tweets have alluded to possible issues with Microsoft's X-Box Live network, but company spokesman David Dennis told Reuters the threats are unfounded: "We don't comment on the root cause of a specific issue, but as you can see on, the core Xbox Live services are up and running."

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