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Gene Simmons Becomes Latest Online Vigilante Target

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At this point, it's pretty apparent that Gene Simmons has no shame. With his incessant realty show appearances and outrageous Kiss merchandising -- Kiss Kasket, anyone? -- Simmons shatters the limits of the terms "mogul" and "entrepreneur" with overwhelming hubris.

Placing an arrogant cherry atop a mountain of self-indulgent whipped cream, Simmons spewed his two cents on a panel about building a successful brand image. "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 continued, "The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry."

The response was swift.

Fresh off its successful takedowns of piracy blackmailers ACS:Law and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, the online group Anonymous waged an attack against Simmons' official website and -- both of which are currently offline.

Simmons wasn't willing to take the DDoS attack lying down. He did, however, make matters worse by blindly threatening legal action against the untraceable phantoms who staged the attack. Briefly, before the site went down again, Simmons posted a response:

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.

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

Names and pictures, huh Gene? That must be some legal team you have there. Thomas Mennecke at wrote how gaining any information about the attack would be unlikely:

Proving those responsible behind a DDoS attack is difficult, if not impossible. The first step in their investigation is to gather the IP addresses that connected during the attack, and attempt to discern those taking part in the attack from those merely visiting. Additionally, it's possible that many of those taking part of a DoS attack have no knowledge they're even taking part of the attack, especially if botnets were utilized. Botnets are drone networks of computers taken over by the originating perpetrator, and put to work by continuously pinging the target web server. The goal of the investigation would be to find those originating the attack -- a daunting task considering many members of Anonymous uses encryption and proxy servers to hide their identity.

Then again, the perpetrators have yet to witness the firepower of the fully armed and operational Kiss-Branded IP Address Logger.
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