Gene Simmons Declares War on Anonymous

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Gene Simmons Declares War on Anonymous

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Kiss bassist and Family Jewels man Gene Simmons is going toe-to-toe with the hordes of Anonymous after his personal website was brought down earlier this week as part of Operation Payback.

Whether it's as the fire-breathing, blood-yakking demon from Kiss or the preening, vaguely buffoonish latter-day Ward Cleaver on A&E, there's no denying that Gene Simmons is an outsized, outspoken personality. When the man speaks, he gets noticed. And when he told a Mipcom conference on building successful entertainment brands that the music industry should protect itself from downloaders by suing the pants off anyone and everyone who dares snag a song off the internet, he got the notice of a lot of people who don't exactly share his point of view.

"Make sure your brand is protected, be litigious, sue anybody - take their homes, their cars, don't let anybody cross that line," he said at the time. "The music industry was asleep at the wheel and didn't have the balls to go and sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded a clip, so now we're left with hundreds of people without jobs."

Not long after, Anonymous came a-knockin', hammering Simmons' site into oblivion as part of Operation Payback, a widespread, long-running DDoS campaign against organizations like the MPAA, the RIAA, the U.K. Intellectual Property Office and at least one high-profile law firm involved in anti-piracy litigation. The site was eventually brought back online, giving Simmons the opportunity to let Anonymous know that he's in no mood to place nice.

"Some of you may have heard a few popcorn farts re: our sites being threatened by hackers," he wrote. "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 MIPCOM 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 girl friend."

"We will soon be printing their names and pictures," he continued. "We will find you. You cannot hide. Stay tuned."

That's what ReadWriteWeb.com says, anyway. Anonymous apparently isn't interested in hugging it out either, because the site was brought down again very soon after Simmons posted his threat. Visitors to genesimmons.com are currently being redirected to the Pirate Bay, with occasional side-trips to a cybersquatter search site.

So who's going to win in this epic clash of the titans? Gene Simmons is a huge Type-A personality and a very shrewd businessman, but baiting Anonymous doesn't strike me as a particularly smart idea for anyone. Whatever happens, I expect plenty of fireworks and amusement along the way. Whoever loses, as the saying goes, we win.

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Well, Simmons doesn't half-ass anything. I expect this to be a good show.

Good luck to him. I am getting sick of this "Don't mess with Anonymous" fear that so many people seem to feel.

Oh, this will be fun ;D. Gene Simmons has basically taken on the Devil's Spawn with this. It'll be interesting to see who comes out on top... :P

Oh wow, war on anonymous? This has resulted in disaster for anyone who resisted so I can't see how this could possibly backfire on him.

well Gene Simmons, it's been nice knowing'ya.

finally... someone's sticking up to these internet terrorists.

and im glad its Gene Simmons \m/ YEAH! ROCKERS DON'T TAKE THIS SHIT!

well so much for liking simmons, he sounds like a pretty big dick

Legion:
Good luck to him. I am getting sick of this "Don't mess with Anonymous" fear that so many people seem to feel.

You name makes this ironic.

I give him a week, tops. You can screw with some of the people in all of the societies, or all of the people in some of the societies, but you can't screw with Anonymous. It'd be like trying to win a fistfight with everything West of Thailand.

Heh. I hope they give it to him straight.

Arec Balrin:

Legion:
Good luck to him. I am getting sick of this "Don't mess with Anonymous" fear that so many people seem to feel.

You name makes this ironic.

Anonymous didn't invent the word, nor motto. They borrowed it as I did, so I disagree.

The fact that the name and phrase is from The Bible, and Anonymous are generally seen as an Atheist group, now that's irony.

Interesting. I'm actually not sure who I want to win; I dislike both a great deal....

Gene Simmons doesn't take shit. We all know this. He's too big to fuck with. You don't dare fuck with him. If he says he's gonna do something, he's going to do it.

Bring out the pop corn, this is gonna be AWESOME!

That is without a doubt oen of the weirddest titles of a thread ever.

Anyway, awesome.

Finally, about time someone had the courage to stand up against these people.

Succeeds or not(and I kind of doubt he will) at least he doing something about it.

In this particular case I'm gonna side with Anonymous. Gene Simmons sounds like a giant tool. Sue every kid who ever downloaded a song? You, sir, are an idiot, and you had this coming for making such an ass-backwards ignorant statement.

Worgen:
well so much for liking simmons, he sounds like a pretty big dick

Ya, he's a total dick for vowing to go after people who are engaged in illegal activities, including attacking his own site. He should learn that these crimes don't hurt anybody, and that poor college kids can't afford to buy music so should be given it for free.

Oh wait...

I can t help but picture Picard on facepaint battling borg tribbles.

Has anyone beaten anonymous?

Who is this anonymous?

You mess with anon, its going to be messy.

They are legion, they do not forgive and they do not forget. Expect us them

OT: I think its pretty stupid to be honest, Gene Simmons is not going to stop the hackers and at the same time, anon isn't going to turn Simmons into the new Jessi slaughter. A waste of time better spent trolling Justin Bieber fans if you ask me.

lemby117:
Who is this anonymous?

I'm 12, what is this?

Anonymous is basically the Ubermencht (I think thats how you spell it) that consists of the users of 4chan, a pretty malicious bunch, one that I personally wouldn't like to be threatening over the net.

Legion:

Arec Balrin:

Legion:
Good luck to him. I am getting sick of this "Don't mess with Anonymous" fear that so many people seem to feel.

You name makes this ironic.

Anonymous didn't invent the word, nor motto. They borrowed it as I did, so I disagree.

In fairness to Balrin, anon is more famously know for using the word than you are, and you show a disliking for the anonymous. So yeah, it is ironic.

Wait, are we talking about just random anonymous internet dwellers, or anon from 4chan? I can see this going either way with the former, but if Gene is up against /b/, he's fucked.

Finally someone has declared war on Anon outside of their bedroom and actually might give a good fight. Although he mentioned the FBI and snagging a few "adventurous kids". After all who have gone before him, those words just sound hollow.

I'll just lurk in the corner with the popcorn.

So, the main thing I grasped from this is that Simmons actually had the guts to be a copyright jerk.

That's nice, Gene. Especially after your son has been accused of stealing the fuck out of Bleach in his manga, oh, half a year ago.

I'll be definitely rooting for Anon this time.

*Gene Simmons has alerted the horde*

O well this should be fun to watch.

BigEaZyE:

Worgen:
well so much for liking simmons, he sounds like a pretty big dick

Ya, he's a total dick for vowing to go after people who are engaged in illegal activities, including attacking his own site. He should learn that these crimes don't hurt anybody, and that poor college kids can't afford to buy music so should be given it for free.

Oh wait...

No, he's a dick for wishing anal rape on people. :P

Regardless, I doubt he'll add much to the effort of tracking them down.

I like how Anonymous are against these people who try and rule through fear and stopping people from speaking out. It's really noble how they take down websites with people trying to express their opinion on them even though that opinion is clearly stupid to anyone with half a brain cell.

Oooh, this should be good! *sets DVR to record while I go off and play Fallout: New Vegas*

latenightapplepie:
Interesting. I'm actually not sure who I want to win; I dislike both a great deal....

This.
Simmons will fail, but I think he'll do at least some damage to Anonymous. If what he says about tracking down a few people is true, it'll be loltastic, but it's like fighting a swarm of bees. Except they're angry internet bees. And there's no honey.

...

Work on your simile thingies.

huh.....i don't know who to root for....i like anonymous because they helped cached that puppy throwing girl...but Gene Simmons was in KISS...well i never really listened to kiss so my votes for anon.

BigEaZyE:

Worgen:
well so much for liking simmons, he sounds like a pretty big dick

Ya, he's a total dick for vowing to go after people who are engaged in illegal activities, including attacking his own site. He should learn that these crimes don't hurt anybody, and that poor college kids can't afford to buy music so should be given it for free.

Oh wait...

He's a dick for saying that he wants people to lose their homes, lose their lives and put them in jail for downloading a song that's worth $0.99

EightGaugeHippo:

Legion:

Arec Balrin:

Legion:
Good luck to him. I am getting sick of this "Don't mess with Anonymous" fear that so many people seem to feel.

You name makes this ironic.

Anonymous didn't invent the word, nor motto. They borrowed it as I did, so I disagree.

In fairness to Balrin, anon is more famously know for using the word than you are, and you show a disliking for the anonymous. So yeah, it is ironic.

True, but as I pointed out, I borrowed it, I am not claiming originality. I also like it for reasons that are completely different from theirs (based upon their attitude and actions that is).

Their ideal seems to be "We are many and you don't know us, so don't mess with us". Which to me, is just plain cowardice. Old school bullying where they can't do it alone or if they risk any consequences.

JeanLuc761:

BigEaZyE:

Worgen:
well so much for liking simmons, he sounds like a pretty big dick

Ya, he's a total dick for vowing to go after people who are engaged in illegal activities, including attacking his own site. He should learn that these crimes don't hurt anybody, and that poor college kids can't afford to buy music so should be given it for free.

Oh wait...

He's a dick for saying that he wants people to lose their homes, lose their lives and put them in jail for downloading a song that's worth $0.99

If they are that stupid to risk going to jail for that then that's their problem not his.

Is there any way that both can lose? Please?

All I should say is:

TROLOLOLOL.

But really, Gene Simmons was acting like the dick, the music industry is full of dicks and have done horrible things to people, ruined lives. I think this is one of the better things done by /b/. Some day, I hope the Music Industry goes down.

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