Authorities have made an arrest in a hacking case that targeted a famous rocker who stars in a reality show, Bloomberg reports.
The attack was against Gene Simmons, the frontman for the rock group KISS and a star of A&E’s "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," the story reports. Simmons was apparently the victim of the hacking collective Anonymous, according to the report.
Simmons’ website was allegedly shut down by Kevin George Poe, 24, of Manchester, Conn., the story says, citing the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. Poe, who was arrested Tuesday, is accused of launching a denial of service attack on GeneSimmons.com.
Simmons has been an outspoken critic of music piracy, the story says, and that may be why he was targeted. The story notes: “Anonymous, a group of self-styled hacker-activists behind attacks on corporate and government websites, has in the past targeted sites of organizations fighting online piracy, including the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America.”
Simmons appeared last year at a media conference and lashed out at piracy, the story reports. He’s quoted as saying: “The music industry was asleep at the wheel. It didn’t have the balls to go and sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material, and so now we’re left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There’s no industry.”