The website for KISS frontman, Gene Simmons, was the most recent victim of an attack launched by hacktivist group, Anonymous.
The FBI arrested a Connecticut man who is allegedly behind the cyberattack, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) that took over genesimmons.com.
Simmons was targeted, sources are saying, most likely due to his involvement with an anti-piracy conference, of which Simmons took the stance of cracking down on Internet music and file sharing. The attack took Simmons’s website offline for a time.
During a five-day period in October 2010, Kevin George Poe, the suspected member, and others linked to Anonymous, allegedly conducted a DDoS attack against Simmons’ computer systems, sending tens of thousands of electronic requests designed to overload the computer server and render the website useless.
According to the indictment, Poe used a favorite software tool of the Anonymous collective, a Low Orbit Ion Cannon, which is a computer program that is used to send extremely large numbers of “packets” or requests over a network in an attempt to overwhelm a target computer.
Poe was arrested after being charged in an indictment with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
Poe was ordered to appear in court in Los Angeles, according to the AP. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Anonymous has been linked to attacks on websites of MasterCard (News - Alert), the PlayStation store and the Church of Scientology.
Most recently, the group has been linked to the many Occupy movements going on around the country.
More than 600 MB of data from the International Association of Chief of Police, or IACP, (website still down) was released, according to a press release from Anonymous. It included internal documents, membership rosters, home addresses, passwords, social security numbers and more.
Anonymous also revealed 1000 names and passwords from the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association; 1000 names, ranks, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers from the Alabama law enforcement systems; and the full contact database Matrix Group (News - Alert), a Web development agency serving government websites.
Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.
Edited by Jennifer Russell