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'Anonymous' hacker charged in breach of KISS' Gene Simmons' website

December 13, 2011 |  1:14 pm


A Connecticut man who federal authorities say is linked to the hacking group anonymous has been charged with trying to shut down the website operated by KISS frontman Gene Simmons.

Kevin George Poe, 24, of Manchester, Conn., was taken into custody without incident by FBI agents at the federal courthouse in Hartford.

Poe allegedly used the screen name spydr101 to a make denial of service attack against GeneSimmons.com. He was charged in a federal grand jury indictment in Los Angeles with one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

If convicted of the two counts in the indictment, Poe would face a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. The case against Poe originated with an investigation by the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Poe made his first appearance in U.S. District Court, where a judge ordered Poe released on a $10,000 bond and required Poe to come to Los Angeles at a date yet to be determined.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned an indictment last week that accused Poe of being affiliated with the Anonymous hacking group.

The FBI alleges that 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.


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Photo: KISS' Gene Simmons in concert. Credit: Los Angeles Times