John Smedley's flight to San Diego was diverted after a hacker group raised a false red flag on Twitter.
Many Sony Online Entertainment players experienced downtime this weekend when both PSN and SOE were targeted in a DDOS attack. President John Smedley was vocal on Twitter Sunday, keeping everyone up-to-date with the status of server restoration.
The hacker group that initiated the DDOS took things one step further later on Sunday – tweeting out a false alarm to American Airlines, claiming that the flight Smedley was returning to San Diego on had "explosives on board."
The flight was quickly diverted to Phoenix where it was searched by the FBI; no explosives were found.
Awesome. Flight diverted to Phoenix for security reasons.— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
Something about security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmac— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
No humor is to be found by anyone in this sick joke, least of all from John Smedley:
Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys.— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
NBC News covered the story after the flight landed; you can watch the autoplaying video here. As for the status of SOE's games, services are restored, EverQuest has a scheduled game update for Monday, August 25th and the EverQuest II double XP event is extended to 11:59pm PT Monday.