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Anonymous Strikes at KISS Frontman Gene Simmons With DDoS Attack
October 13, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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There's been something of a mutiny within the "organization" of Anonymous, as defectors have broken off and reformed Anonymous after a dispute over their next target. A few "leading" members of Anonymous didn't want to attack Kiss frontman Gene Simmons' website GeneSimmons.com, however, as it turns out the majority overruled the decision and attacked anyway. At the time of this writing, GeneSimmons.com, and as an indirect result of the attack, SimmonsRecords.com, are having a difficult time staying online - the websites fluctuate between staying on and offline.

Gene Simmons' website was attacked in response for his recent comments on the P2P and file sharing community. In a statement appearing in an Ars Technica article, Gene Simmons recently discussed his feelings about file-sharing litigation, and his unwavering support for such methods.

"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."

This incensed many in the file-sharing community, who felt the remarks ignored the plight of many innocents that have been swept up in the Gatling Gun approach to P2P lawsuits. It's always been suspected that many innocent individuals were caught up in the online copyright wars, however, these suspicions were confirmed when ACS:Law's email database was leaked last month. Many cases where the evidence was thin ended up being tossed out, leaving netizens to wonder if a troll, sift and toss approach is a proper method to enforce copyrights.

Gene Simmons is the latest in a string of targets that stretches back to early September. Among those targeted have been the MPAA, RIAA, Copyright Alliance, Ministry of Sound, GM Legal (Gallant Macmillan), DG Legal (US Copyright Group), and of course, ACS:Law.

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