KISS bassist Gene Simmons is being targeted by hackers after the rock star said musicians should use legal remedies to fend off illegally downloaded music.
Both SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com were targeted over the past weekend by a group that was angry he had stepped behind musicians instead of people who steal music owned by artists and their record companies.
Simmons had told the Telegraph:
“Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line.”
Perhaps the words used by Gene were a little overboard, but his point remains, illegally downloaded music has become a huge problem for the music industry and whether you philosophically agree, it is stealing.
The DOS (Denial of Service) attacks that took down his websites were part of a group that calls themselves Operation Payback and which solely attacks groups, people and other organizations who try to enforce copyright laws.