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Gene Simmons battles Anonymous group after new DDoS attacks

Kiss bassist locks horns with 4chan splinter group

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Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has started an unwise war of words with the shadowy anti-copyright group believed to be behind a recent spate of DDoS attacks on industry organisations.

During the high-profile attacks a fortnight ago, Simmons’ personal website and that of a record company he runs were successfully targeted by the so-called Anonymous anti-copyright group associated with the 4Chan message board.

The group picked on a variety of industry targets, but Simmons recent comments on piracy probably made him a target too good to ignore.

KISS bassist Gene Simmons

"Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line,” Simmons was reported to have told an audience at MIPCOM 2010.

Now Simmons has responded to the attacks with threats on his website in true 'Nothin' to lose' style.

“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. And, as stated in my MIPCOM speech, we will sue their pants off,” Simmonds writes.

“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 girlfriend. We will soon be printing their names and pictures. We will find you. You cannot hide. Stay tuned.” 

The comments appear to have been noted by the DDoS group which promptly launched another intermittently successful attack on his website in recent days.

It seems unlikely that either side will back down. Simmons will continue to express his robust views and Anonymous will continue attacking his personal website. Both will gain coverage for their opposing views from the attention.

Simmons is now almost as famous for his hardline views on a range of issues as he once was for wearing huge amounts of makeup. It looks as if, in Internet terms at least, he might finally have met his match. 

Image courtesy: Lokomotive74, published under the GNU Free Documentation License,



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Richard said: I hope that Gene Simmons will be similarly enthusiastic when the comic book artist Genes son stole artwork from sues sonny Gene and the whole family and moves into their tacky mansion I used to be a KISS fan before I realized Simmons was a greedy hypocritical douche bag Now listening to their music just makes me sad and nauseous

re :Rebel Without a Clue said: yes have lost faith in the rebellion do you want a cookie

John E. Dunn said: The opening sentence was adjusted to say anti-copyright Ed

Edward Genny said: Really Anti-piracy Really

Rebel Without a Clue said: His match Honestly The exact thing that either side should be receiving from this is publicity At least Simmons is going to benefit from all of this The other side seems to stupid to understand that Simmons is an evil genius He knows the longer this goes on the more attention he is going to get So right now he is getting 100 times more attention then he would have EVER gotten had they just ignored him You have played directly into Simmons hands I have lost faith in the rebellion



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