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Gene Simmons Targeted with DDos, Threatens Legal action

Gene Simmons Targeted with DDos, Threatens Legal action

After Kiss frontman’s website – GeneSimmons.com – comes under repeated DDos attack, and an apparent later redirection to The Pirate Bay, Simmons responds by threatening that those responsible will end up as somebody’s “new girlfriend” behind bars.

Earlier this month Kiss frontman Gene Simmons reiterated his anger that the music industry “didn’t have the balls to go and sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded” music illegally over the years, and ever since then many have been rightly critical of his position.

Some, however, turned their criticism into action, the group Anonymous targeting his site, GeneSimmons.com, with a collective DDos attack that has put the site largely offline since then. Yesterday, it returned long enough for some to capture a post that appeared on the site in which Simmons threatened those members of Anonymous responsible for the affair.

It reads:

Some of you may have heard a few popcorn farts re: our sites being threatened by hackers.

Our legal team and the FBI have been on the case and we have found a few, shall we say “adventurous” young people, who feel they are above the law.

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And, as stated in my MIPCOM speech, we will sue their pants off.

First, they will be punished.

Second, they might find their little butts in jail, right next to someone who’s been there for years and is looking for a new girl friend.

We will soon be printing their names and pictures.

We will find you.

You cannot hide.

Stay tuned

I’m not sure threatening “adventurous young people” with becoming some guy’s “new girlfriend” in prison is the most adult-like response, but it does seem to be consistent with Simmons’ penchant for the dramatic.

After all, he is the one who said that Radiohead must have been on “fucking crack” for allowing fans to pay whatever they want for copies of their album “In Rainbows.”

This attack on Gene Simmons is part of an Anonymous’ ongoing effort as part of “Operation Payback,” what it calls an organized series of “protests against the reign of extreme pro-copyright organizations and watchdogs for the entertainment industries.”

It apparently upped the ante earlier today when it managed to redirect traffic to genesimmons.com and www.genesimmons.com to none other than The Pirate Bay.

As of the time I write this both sites are offline.

I agree with “Operation Payback” to a certain extant, that something needs to be done to fight back against extreme pro-copyright people and groups, but it seems to me that DDoS attacks like this only play into their hands, adding credibility to their argument for stricter copyright enforcement legislation if only to combat “radical” elements like Anonymous.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
S Teal
S Teal

Re "give us nudity etc". You don't sound like a producer of digital media. If you were, you would understand that even with your rough productions there would be costs and you would be likely to need some return to cover your costs. The professionals in front of the camera tend to require payment while the ones behind the camera are the ones really getting fucked at the moment.

re: s teal
re: s teal

give us nudity and violence and lots of it in fast-cut, shaky handycam sort of way. people will trip all over themselves to buy it! :)

Gene Simmons is an idiot
Gene Simmons is an idiot

Gene Simmons et al are monumental fools. Hear them rant and scream about putting your children in jail for listening to there music!? You have to be some kind of fucking monster to put kids in jail for listening to music, period. Gene Simmons et al you are monsters. I got an idea Gene. Release all your back catalogue for free, online and in high quality. Put your big fucking money where your big fucking mouth is. Lets see how popular or relevant you really are..? P.S. If I had kids and you threatened them with any of this shit Gene, I'd kill you.

S Teal
S Teal

It would be more productive to write solutions rather than moan about Simmons utterances. Not all are greedy, I would be happy to get 25 cents per view for the films I have made but there is no platform to do that without being undercut by file sharing. I see file sharing sites where people upload films made by other people and get paid five dollars per thousand views. The people who upload films have no costs - its the old bootleg business model without the overhead. I doubt they get paid too. Does anyone have any films sites which charge what may be considered a fare rate? So far I haven't seen one. The only option for the producer is to charge the people who pay more to make up the difference. The only thing I have in common with Simmons is I don't wish to work hard for nothing – who does? I, like many others, just want enough return to do more projects. So how about giving me a clue, what do you guys who expect stuff for free suggest? Show me the platforms that serve both the producer and the views?

Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons

"Kiss" is a registered trademark, so for every mention of the word "Kiss" on this site I expect to be paid $1000. Thank you. (yes this is a joke and not really Gene)

UFC / MMA Fan
UFC / MMA Fan

I seriously doubt that the FBI in any way shape or form give a shit about this. It's just Gene Simmons being a fucking prick who thinks the world revolves around him. I'm sure in the next weeks, he'll say the White House and NSA is also coming to his aid.

disinter
disinter

http://www.genesimmons.com/ is back online but his "threats" seem to have disappeared. Maybe he got a clue and gave up on his unwinnable war online. I couldn't help but read that he said KISS merchandise brings in over $500 million a year. Think about that, $500 million a year and it STILL isn't enough.

disinter
disinter

Besides all this, they call themselves "anonymous" for a reason. They've done ALOT worse than DDos a website in the past and never got busted. I have no idea why the FBI would give 2 shits about a temporary internet war over a website.

thoouth
thoouth

"adding credibility to their argument for stricter copyright enforcement legislation if only to combat “radical” elements like Anonymous" Yeah maybe, but then the government and authorities will always find "radical" elements to target. If not Anonymous then the criminal elements using similar techniques to commit mass fraud or even those "few" people who download "excessively". It's part and parcel of living in a free and democratic society - divide and conquer.

ejonesss
ejonesss

gene you are just going to eat your losses. however you can maybe recover by using merchandise by having exclusive goodies that are only gotten by purchases. if you want that gene-simmons poster you have to buy the cd and submit the bar code from the cd to get the poster. @anonymous or whoever is attacking the sites. the next time you attack the gene-simmons or other sites you may want to instead of using the normal dos tools use the normal web page access and repeatedly refresh the page. by accessing the page the normal way the attack looks like a bunch of people legit'ly requesting the page.

Anon
Anon

Now that his fans no longer support his lavish lifestyle they can rot in prison. Really Gene? Hearty welcome to teh interwebs.

Smiling
Smiling

Love it. A guy who lucks out with meager talents and prances around like the greediest most selfish prick imaginable. Everytime I catch a glimpse of his stupid reality show I wanna beat the sh1t out of him. How about being grateful for your cake life? He's probably arrogant to believe "he" made it happen. There are a million guys much more talented than this fool but never got the break. Makes his millions off the backs of teenagers for years and spits right in their faces for the slightest infraction. Hurry up and die you friggin dinosaur.

disinter
disinter

It's back up and running must have been a glitch.

disinter
disinter

Update here. The words "gene simmons" is apparently banned where "anonymous" meets.

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

Well, I don't know if Mook up there is really from Anonymous or not, but I think a short lived hack will show displeasure at Gene Simmons' ideas. The disruption certainly shouldn't go on for too long and actually silence his speech. He is an artist with a corporate empire, but should music fans attack him as an individual artist with his own site that way? An unpopular opinion is one thing, but is he really going to hire some company to threaten or sue music fans in court, try to get them disconnected or shut down their favorite sites? People don't seem to know the difference between words and actions sometimes, and that's the problem that keeps most of the drama on the net going, I think. Boomer

Quartz
Quartz

Quote: "The internet is suppose to be a forum that supports free speech to begin with and no one should have the power to silence another just because they disagree with what said person has to say." That may well be fine and dandy in a world where folks are allowed to have an equal say in matters but the fact is those doing the attacking have been attacked, marginalised and ignored and are thus not going to care about fair play when they are not afforded such fair play from those unashamedly oppressing them. Lets look at the agenda of those calling this out, are they not the same folks who push politicians for the power to remove websites from the internet because they dont control them and want them shut down? Are these folks not connected with the scum at the recording industry who pay for illegal criminal attacks on sites they wish closed, however than can be acheived. I personally dont care what happens to this simmons chump and its hardly likely to rebound on p2p groups when they have nothing what so ever to do with this action. If folks feel the internet is a haven for criminals then lets right that wrong and remove both the terroristic MPAA and RIAA and their ilk from it.

disinter
disinter

Once when using a proxy, I visited zeropaid.com and got an error saying "you cannot access this page, reason: copyright infringement". I got a new american proxy and it worked fine.

Gene Simmons...
Gene Simmons...

...can suck a fat cock. Greedy, oldfiashioned corporate stooge. Makeup's for pansies you rock wannabe fag.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

I personally do not see how hacking someone's website who has a pointed (IMO, completely misguided and ill-informed) opinion is suppose to make things better. It only serves to validate some of the criticisms I've worked a lot to fight that the internet is little more than a haven for criminals. I fully support any critical analysis of Gene Simmons comments on this matter, but I don't support the outright censorship of it, no matter how much I disagree with it. The internet is suppose to be a forum that supports free speech to begin with and no one should have the power to silence another just because they disagree with what said person has to say. For that reason, as a matter of principle, I don't agree with those who hacked the website. This is especially the point I advocate speaking as a victim of censorship. I also don't think this group that attacked the site will get much praise. What little praise they do get will only be short lived and I hope the Streisand effect won't work in Simmons favor as a result.

fobia
fobia

Gene is a douche... He acts like he never did one illegal thing in his life... I guarantee he snorted coke of an underage girls ass in his lifetime... what a hypocrite..

TerribleTony
TerribleTony

As an aside, I just want to point out that when I tried to visit your site earlier today from University I was blocked and warned that my account had been logged for "copyright infringement". I will be visiting the Tech Support department tomorrow to find out what the hell they think they are playing at. I could visit your site from the same location only two weeks prior.

disinter
disinter

Let me explain something to you "Anonymous", rules one and two.

TerribleTony
TerribleTony

Well something has to be done, this stupid war against culture has been going on far too long. The legislators didn't listen to reason, what else is there?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ok, let me explain to you how this works: We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We own the Internet, you are our puppets here! mook

disinter
disinter

I truly hate this bastard. I wonder if he'd be willing to pay me back for all the kiss crap I've bought over the years including several cassettes that no longer play. It also seems to play right into stereotypes that people put on jews. Douchebag dinosaur fighting evolution and will end up in the same tar pit.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Quote: "Quote: “The internet is suppose to be a forum that supports free speech to begin with and no one should have the power to silence another just because they disagree with what said person has to say.” That may well be fine and dandy in a world where folks are allowed to have an equal say in matters but the fact is those doing the attacking have been attacked, marginalised and ignored and are thus not going to care about fair play when they are not afforded such fair play from those unashamedly oppressing them." At the same time though, if one were to advocate free speech by silencing those who do not advocate free speech, isn't that being contradictory to the goals of free speech in the first place? Frustration in this is totally understandable. No one likes being threatened and marginalized like this. At the same time, I don't think the ends justifies the means, no matter how much the make-up wearing old fogie appears to deserve it.

Anon Jr.
Anon Jr.

Applies to raids you newfag... Truly learn the rules before you try to oldfag

disinter
disinter

I'd also like to point out that these people who are doing the attacks are well hidden behind multiple proxies and VPNs. It will be very interesting to see just how effective these methods are at protecting the people who are using them. Can't wait to see how this plays out.



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