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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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