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Man charged in attack on Simmons site

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011 file photo, Gene Simmons, left, and Shannon Tweed arrive at the Scarface Legacy Celebration Event in Los Angeles. Rocker Gene Simmons and his longtime girlfriend, actress Shannon Tweed, have tied the knot Saturday Oct. 1, 2011. People magazine reported the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves. The magazine said about 400 guests attended the Saturday evening ceremony outside a Beverly Hills hotel.

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011 file photo, Gene Simmons, left, and Shannon Tweed arrive at the "Scarface" Legacy Celebration Event in Los Angeles. Rocker Gene Simmons and his longtime girlfriend, actress Shannon Tweed, have tied the knot Saturday Oct. 1, 2011. People magazine reported the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves. The magazine said about 400 guests attended the Saturday evening ceremony outside a Beverly Hills hotel. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

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.

Poe used a computer program favored by Anonymous that sends extremely large requests over a network in an attempt to overwhelm a target computer, according to the indictment.

Authorities didn't say why Simmons was targeted, but he made comments against copyright infringement at a convention in Cannes, France, days before the cyber attack.

No other arrests have been made.

Anonymous' targets have included MasterCard, Visa and the Church of Scientology. The group has turned its focus to law enforcement, intelligence and military-related sites.

Representatives for Simmons declined comment. The 62-year-old rocker was at a courthouse Tuesday for jury duty, according to his Twitter account.

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