Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gig Harbor man suspected in cyber attack on Gene Simmons

The attacks have been claimed by the internet activist group "Anonymous."

Q13 Seattle FOX News


A Gig Harbor man is the target of a federal investigation after he allegedly launched a cyber attack on rocker Gene Simmons’ web site.

A search warrant obtained by the FBI accuses the Gig Harbor man of conducting a type of cyber attack called a “Distributed Denial of Service” (DDoS) on the web sites genesimmons.com, simmonsrecords.com and kissonline.com.

According to the FBI, the DDoS, which took place in October of 2010, cost Simmons approximately $20,000 to $25,000 over a four-day period.

The attacks have been claimed by the Internet activist group “Anonymous.”

The group said the attack, they termed “operation payback,” is a retaliation against a speech Simmons gave last October in Cannes, France. In the speech, the KISS star spoke out against audio piracy and cyber sharing of music content.

The FBI said that “Anonymous” has also claimed to have launched attacks against the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

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