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15 Dec 2011

Gene Simmons website hacked, man charged

After Gene Simmons had his website hacked, a man from Connecticut was charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in Los Angeles. Simmons, the famous bass player for the band Kiss, may want to increase internet security on his website so future hacking instances are quelled.

Kevin Poe, the man charged with hacking the website, was released on $10,00 bond and ordered to appear in federal court. He faces a 15-year jail sentence if he is convicted.

“We evaluated servers and were able to discern an IP address that brought us to him,” said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. “There was a significant amount of forensic work involved. We are dealing with a group that is quite sophisticated and will take efforts to conceal their identity.”

The group Poe is said to be apart of is Anonymous, an internet hacking group. The attack on Simmons' website was allegedly apart of a series of attacks against public figures against music piracy. Mrozek said they have prosecuted about a half a dozen of these internet security breach cases lately.