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Man charged in attack on Gene Simmons site ('Anonymous' perp faces up to 15 years in prison)
ABC Local ^ | 12/13/11 | GREG RISLING

Posted on 12/15/2011 10:52:14 AM PST by Libloather

Man charged in attack on Simmons site
By GREG RISLING - Associated Press
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES - December 13, 2011 (WPVI) -- A Connecticut man affiliated with a hacking group was arrested Tuesday on federal charges for an attack on a website belonging to Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, authorities said.

Kevin Poe was indicted in Los Angeles on two counts: conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Poe made his initial appearance in court in Hartford, Conn., and was released on $10,000 bond.

If convicted of both charges, the Manchester man faces up to 15 years in prison. An email message left for deputy federal public defender Deirdre Murray was not immediately returned.

Poe and others linked to the Anonymous hacking group conducted a "denial of service" attack over a five-day period last October against Simmons' computer systems, sending tens of thousands of electronic requests designed to overload the server and render www.GeneSimmons.com useless.

(Excerpt) Read more at abclocal.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anonymous; hacking; simmons; website
Not so anonymous now - eh?
1 posted on 12/15/2011 10:52:22 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

15 years eh? This could get interesting.


2 posted on 12/15/2011 10:55:02 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rockrr

Don’t bleep with Gene Simmons. He’s not your typical Rock and Roller.


3 posted on 12/15/2011 11:04:21 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Libloather

15 years for effectively just accessing the website (abet, the theory being, doing it thousands of times a minute in concert with others to overload the site...) and a supposed conspiracy to do this with others, though it appears his fellow defendants are...John Does.

I’m sorry, half the time we can’t even bother putting murderers away for fifteen years. The law’s screwed up.


4 posted on 12/15/2011 11:07:50 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: rockrr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6vdZ_b0l_U

:-)


5 posted on 12/15/2011 11:13:00 AM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Libloather

Anyone thinking they can be anonymous on the web is an ignorant idiot.


6 posted on 12/15/2011 11:14:31 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: kingu

Gene should blow fire on them. Honestly this is a little ridiculous.


7 posted on 12/15/2011 11:14:38 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: Libloather

Bad idea to be hacking or DOS’ing websites.


8 posted on 12/15/2011 11:15:10 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: kingu
How many years should he get if he were DOS'ing Free Republic?

Just askin....

9 posted on 12/15/2011 11:25:43 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Libloather

“...unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. ...” What is a protected computer.


10 posted on 12/15/2011 11:34:42 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: kingu

I kind of agree. This would be like putting people in prison for being part of a flash mob. You know where people pile into a store for a few minutes...I’m sure they lose customers when that happens.

But I guess they’d have to be a flash mob for 5 days or more...like the OWS bozos. hey wait maybe this is a good thing...let’s use this law to throw them in jail for 15 years.


11 posted on 12/15/2011 11:37:50 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Libloather

Wasn’t Gene Simmons married to Stewart Granger?


12 posted on 12/15/2011 11:52:09 AM PST by 4yearlurker (I've been dipping into my jar full of Hope & Change just to buy gas!!)
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To: kingu
15 years for effectively just accessing the website (abet, the theory being, doing it thousands of times a minute in concert with others to overload the site...)

A DoS attack is NOT "accessing" a site. It uses a specific type of tcp packet that is in no way similar to just a bunch of people overloading a server. In many ways, it's a "counterfeit" packet, designed for malicious purposes.

Mark

13 posted on 12/15/2011 12:01:48 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: reed13k
What is a protected computer.

My Computer Condom

14 posted on 12/15/2011 12:29:47 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: for-q-clinton
But I guess they’d have to be a flash mob for 5 days or more...like the OWS bozos. hey wait maybe this is a good thing...let’s use this law to throw them in jail for 15 years.

Not to give the wrong impression, I can quite understand jail time for this, but significant jail time seems excessive. Significant financial penalties and a short sentence seems reasonable for such cyber thugs, OWS thugs, and other thugs as well. But putting on a more significant sentence than if someone went up and punched Gene Simmons seems out of line here, and yet another sign that so much of the justice system needs to be fixed.

15 posted on 12/15/2011 12:35:44 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: The_Victor
How many years should he get if he were DOS'ing Free Republic?

Oh, I think about 20 minutes with selected members of the FreeRepublic userbase ought to be more than enough. Save the whole hassle of booking and the rest... I think my objection solely revolves around the target (some business website) without any risk of danger to life and limb (IE: it's not medical records, power company, etc.) How could the penalty for denying use of that business for 1 day 4 hours result in a fifteen year penalty?

16 posted on 12/15/2011 12:51:48 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: rockrr

I have always though that someone that puts a virus on your computuer is committing vandalism. Each computer effected in another act of vandalism...also no different than breaking into your house and smashing your 40 inch plasma tv with a baseball bat. You have a malicious breaking and entering, vandalism, denial of the victims right to access public information, with a business, its money lost, and who knows what else. It should be treated as a major crime, not just 15 year old playing with his computer to see what he can do...People that do this are criminals...


17 posted on 12/15/2011 2:15:59 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Libloather

I don’t think I could vote to convict considering the target, lol


18 posted on 12/15/2011 3:01:06 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: goat granny

I totally agree with your sentiment goat granny.


19 posted on 12/15/2011 4:24:41 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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