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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gene Simmons Hacker Caught


The police have finally arrested Kevin George Poe, accusing him of being the one who launched 5-day DDoS attack on the official site of Gene Simmons.

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If you are old enough to remember the 1970s, Gene Simmons was a make-up addicted, popular beat combo musician and tongue twister for the well-known band Kiss. If you are a bit younger, Simmons is currently a reality television star who runs a show named "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels". That’s how it started. According to the information provided by the local media, Poe said "nevermore" to Gene Simmons after the musician hit out against illegal file-sharing. Gene Simmons complained about the failure of the entertainment industry to sue every college student able to download copyrighted content.

A grand jury believes that there’s quite enough evidence to link Kevin George Poe to the Anonymous hacker group. With the help of the handle called "spydr101", Poe used the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (also known as LOIC) to launch DDoS attacks on the Kiss man's official site. However, he appeared to be not the best hacker across the globe – apparently, he didn’t manage to realize that the instrument he used would add his IP address into the packets he generated. However, one should be fair to Poe: it took the police too so long to arrest him because he did make some efforts to cover his tracks.

Poe was arrested at the federal courthouse on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected PC. He appeared a week ago in an American District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, and had been ordered to release immediately on a $10,000 bond. Now he has to appear in federal court in Los Angeles to face up to 15 years of jail time.

The jokes are that if he was British or had Aspergers, he could have been looking at 60 years.

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