Gene Simmons is such a grand a-hole that we almost (almost?) relished his online take-down at the hands of the hacker group Anonymous.
You see, the L.A.-based rocker and reality show “star” uttered a death-to-file sharers proclamation (“Take their homes, their cars,” he said) last year, and, in response, hackers took down his website.
Well the law has caught up with one of the alleged online pranksters, unfortunately:
The FBI today announced the arrest of 24-year-old Kevin George Poe in connection with the “denial of service attack” on genesimmons.com.
FBI agents got him at his Manchester, Connecticut home this morning, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A.
His screen name is said to be spydr101.
He was booked and released in lieu of $10,000 bond. A U.S. District Court judge ordered him to appear in L.A. federal court on a yet-to-be-determined date.
Poe was indicted by a federal grand jury in L.A., which charged him with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. The jury alleged that he's part of Anonymous.
According to the U.S. Attorney:
During a five-day period in October 2010, Poe and others linked to Anonymous allegedly conducted a distributed denial of service (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.
If convicted on the grand jury charges Poe would face a max of 15 years behind bars.
Bummer. Looks like Poe, if guilty, will no longer sing: I want to rock and roll all day, and deny your service every night.