A man has been arrested in connection with an attack on the personal website of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons.
24-year-old Kevin George Poe was arrested yesterday in Connecticut, believed to be a member of the hacking collective Anonymous, and was thought to have targeted the rock star’s page back in October 2010.
The ten-foot-tongued axe swinger’s site, www.genesimmons.com, was bombarded with tens of thousands of electronic requests over the course of five days, effectively crippling the page.
Poe is thought to have used a software tool known as a Low Orbit Ion Cannon to carry out the attack, which sounds more like a Star Wars death ray than a hacker’s program. Those crazy kids sure know how to name stuff.
What may have been a laugh for Poe at the time probably isn’t feeling like such a great idea now. He faces as much as 15 years in prison if convicted of charges of conspiracy and unauthorised impairment of a protected computer. Bet he wishes he really was Anonymous now.
Poe will now have to appear in a Los Angeles court.