Kiss star Gene Simmons has reacted to hacker attacks on his websites by threatening those responsible with FBI action, jail and homosexual rape.
Simmons recently made headlines at a TV industry conference by saying the record industry had been too soft on those engaged in illegal downloading, stating that his position was: Make sure there are no incursions. Sue everybody. Be litigious. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line.
Members of an online community known as the Bureaucracy responded by launching a denial-of-service attack on GeneSimmons.com and SimmonsRecords.com a method whereby a site's servers are sent so many requests for web pages that they can't cope, which results in the site becoming unavailable.
Although most people couldn't see his message, Simmons reacted with a threat-laced statement: Our legal team and the FBI have been on the case and we have found a few, shall we say, adventurous' young people, who feel they are above the law.
And, as stated in my recent speech, we will sue their pants off. First they will be punished. Second, they might find their little butts in jail, right next to someone who's been there for years and is looking for a new girlfriend.
We will soon be printing their names and pictures. We will find you. You cannot hide.
However, he later updated the page to say: We've been told by government people to take down our previous post, so they can do what they do best: find out who you are and where you are. Stay tuned.
The Bureaucracy points out that Simmons' statements underline the reason why they're attacking him, saying his viewpoint matches that of infamous UK legal firm ACS:Law, who attempt to make money by threatening people with court action for illegal downloading despite having very little evidence which would stand up to analysis.
One member of the outfit says: If they could find us we wouldn't be able to get away with it so often. Mr Simmons is wrong and you can tell by the way he talks about the internet in his recent speech that he doesn't really know how any of it works.
Mr Simmons also appears to believe that all filesharing is illegal, which is also wrong. We're not surprised he's resorted to bullying threats, but it won't work. Mr Simmons represents an old world view many more important people than him have tried and failed to silence the voice of the people.
Thanks for the report to RockRadio.