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Connecticut Hacker Arrested For Attack On Gene Simmons’ Website

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FILE - Gene Simmons of Kiss performs at Wembley Arena on May 12, 2010 in London, England. (credit: Jo Hale/Getty Images)

FILE – Gene Simmons of Kiss performs at Wembley Arena on May 12, 2010 in London, England. (credit: Jo Hale/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Connecticut man affiliated with the Anonymous hacking group has been arrested on federal charges for an attack on a website belonging to Kiss bassist Gene Simmons.

Kevin Poe, of Manchester, Conn., made his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in Hartford, Conn., and was released on $10,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately known if he had retained an attorney.

Poe was indicted in Los Angeles on two counts: conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. If convicted of both, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Authorities say Poe and others linked to Anonymous conducted a so-called “denial of service” attack last October against Simmons’ computer systems, sending tens of thousands of electronic requests designed to overload the server.

No other arrests have been made.

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