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A Connecticut man has been charged with hacking into GeneSimmons.com, the Web site of KISS rock band bassist Gene Simmons. Kevin George Poe, 24, was arrested on Dec. 13 and taken into custody at the federal courthouse in Hartford, Conn. He was released on a $10,000 bond and ordered to appear for arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles, where federal prosecutors have charged him with two counts of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. No date for the hearing had been scheduled. Poe, who lives in Manchester, Conn., uses the screen name spydr101 and authorities said he has been linked to Anonymous, the activist Internet collective that gained notoriety in 2008 for launching cyber attacks on Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and the Church of Scientology. GeneSimmons.com LLC is based in the Los Angeles area. According to the indictment, beginning on Oct. 18, 2010, Poe and unnamed others spent five days sending tens of thousands of electronic requests aimed at shutting down the site by clogging up the server — referred to in court documents as “distributed denial of service” attacks. The indictment alleges that Poe used a software tool called Low Orbit Ion Cannon, an Anonymous favorite, which sends large numbers of “packets” or requests over a network. If convicted, Poe faces up to 15 years in prison. Although the indictment offered no motive, Simmons recently spoke out in Cannes, France, against copyright infringement. Poe’s attorney, Deidre Murray, an assistant in the Federal Defender’s Office in Connecticut, did not respond to a request for comment. Contact Amanda Bronstad at [email protected].

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