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Simmons Gets Haxored

02:01 PM Monday 10/18/10 | |

A battle has been raging between Gene Simmons and the loosely organized Internet community group called Anonymous. As of Oct. 18, it looked like the KISS-man was losing.

Simmons has made unsympathetic statements over the past few years toward people who download or share music files for free. That apparently got Anonymous' goat, and they targeted Simmons' website, Genesimmons.com, in a campaign called "Operation Payback" featuring a pirate ship reminiscent of The Pirate Bay logo.

Anonymous isn't considered a specific group but is rather a term used by various hackers and Internet communities that target and attack websites they have issues with.

One of the famed attacks of the so-called Anonymous came in 2008 after the Church of Scientology complained that YouTube had misappropriated an in-house video interview with church follower Tom Cruise.

Anonymous responded with a video message but, instead of an Internet attack, actually held masked protests in front of several Scientology churches.

This time, Simmons, apparently for claiming people who trade music illegally should be prosecuted, found his website hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Anonymous also hit the websites for the RIAA, the MPAA, the U.K. Intellectual Property Office and a dozen others over the past several weeks.

Simmons got his website up and running for a little while Oct. 17, and posted a notice that "our legal team" and the FBI were on the case and ready to nab some of the "young people" who hacked the site.

"First, they will be punished," Simmons posted. "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 girlfriend. We will soon be printing their names and pictures. We will find you. You cannot hide. Stay tuned."

Anonymous posted a response that was just a little bit more terse:

"We are just getting started, Gene. Enjoy your downtime and welcome to the Internet."

That's when GeneSimmons.com went down again and it was still down at press time - although at one point it redirected to ThePirateBay.org.

Click here for Gene Simmons' website.


  1. live concert freak wrote:

    06:00 AM, Oct 20, 2010

    NSD78 wrote:12:52 PM, Oct 19, 2010

    Again "live concert freak" wants to tell us what concerts we should attend.  Honest to God, why can't we flag these trolls?

    I can see that living in Moms basement is getting to you!!  I guess you don't understand what BLOGS are for. This is to let you know what you will be getting for your hard earned money BEFORE you spend the $200 - $300 on concert tickets. ( of course that is with the 30% ticketmasterbaters surcharge).  I for one am glad we get people on here who will tell you the truth and not blow smoke up your A.. on what a great show it was.

    Mom wants you to bring the laundry up with you when you come up for your bath.......

  2. NSD78 wrote:

    08:52 AM, Oct 19, 2010

    Again "live concert freak" wants to tell us what concerts we should attend.  Honest to God, why can't we flag these trolls?

  3. 1penatrator wrote:

    06:50 AM, Oct 19, 2010

    Gene losing....are you kidding the guy is a multi- millionaire,his band is still on tour. You may not like the way that he whore's out the KISS image but he's never called himself an artist.

  4. live concert freak wrote:

    06:38 AM, Oct 19, 2010

    I was one of the original kiss army members back in the day. I saw them on the last tour and it just seemed to me that the time is over for the same ole same ole. It probaby would have been better if I didn't happen to see an episode of his show when they celebrated his 60th b-day.  Then seeing him in concert as a 60 year old man spitting blood and fire seemed stupid. It really took away from all of the extras that kiss stood for. Time to fade away as the last reunion tour should have been .... THE LAST!!!

  5. vernieb wrote:

    04:47 AM, Oct 19, 2010

    Punish the little punks. Yeah, they think they can hide. Last time I looked behind my computer, it wasn't hooked up to the sewer so all the *** I delete will just go away. Nope doesn't work that way. Get 'em Gene!

  6. roadcase wrote:

    09:52 PM, Oct 18, 2010

    There was a time when musicians made money by going from town to town performing their songs and perfecting their craft.  Few, if any, lived in mansions or drove crazy expensive cars.  They did what they did because it was what they loved and were driven to do, not because they were trying to get rich.  And don't even get me started on the parasites that are the record business.  The fact is that the old model is coming back.  Records will be the promotional material for the live show, just like videos were the promo for the record.  No one expected to get rich off their videos.  If you don't like to go out and perform, then find another line of work.

  7. ahhhhhh wrote:

    06:38 PM, Oct 18, 2010

    Real artists work hard and love doing it.

    Music isnt a business you get into for money. I dont know where people got the idea that it was.

    If you make money doing what you love, its a blessing. Icing on the cake.

    Illegal downloading wont go away. Get over it.

  8. theblairbunch wrote:

    03:31 PM, Oct 18, 2010

    Looks like Gene is still losing. Just for kicks I tried to get to his site!

    The connection has timed out: The server at www.genesimmons.com is taking too long to respond. Unfortunately Kevn0 is correct the Record Industry will never be the same. It is their own fault had they embraced the future sooner they would still be making money. Record Companies are a thing of the past.  Never been a Kiss fan! Hang in there Gene you'll find another way to make money.

  9. Kevn0 wrote:

    02:49 PM, Oct 18, 2010

    Let me preface by my remarks by saying that I am an old school music fan--I have never gotten used to the idea of a digital file as my primary copy of an album. I LIKE liner notes, album art, and pack ins, and I prefer to have a hard copy of my music just in case of disaster. That being said, I am a dinosaur. The generation coming up behind mine decided that paying for music was voluntary, and they did it in such incredible numbers that it was a majority of the consumer market talking. And Kiss, unlike any other band in the world, were positioned to survive the death of the record business. Gene suggests that the record companies should have sued every single copyright violator. We're talking about millions, perhaps tens of millions of people, worldwide. But let's assume you have pockets deep enough to do it. Let's assume that you have the time, manpower, money and lawyers to get the names and goods on every single violator. What then? The majority of these people are what an attorney friend of mine called "judgment proof." Even if you win, good luck collecting. Times several million. Billable legal hours, in the what? Hundreds of millions? Gene, I just don't see how on earth the record companies could have pulled it off. And I hate the fact that the stores and the manufacturers and clerks and workers have lost their jobs. But when you have something this massive happening, enforcement by police or courts is not possible. What needs to happen now is that the industry needs to figure out how to make money off music when actual record sales income will be a fraction of what it was. And you are the perfect example of how to do it. For what it's worth, Gene, I bought Sonic Boom and I loved it, right down to the re-recordings. And I'll buy the next one, too.

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