The Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided a house near Tacoma, Washington in search of hackers who went after a really big target: legendary rocker Gene Simmons.
According to a report from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, agents raided a home in Gig Harbor, a few miles north of Tacoma. In papers filed with the U.S. district court in Tacoma, the FBI said it was likely that a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Gene Simmons web sites, Genesimmons.com and Genesimmonsrecords.com, originated there.
The DDoS attacks occurred in October. At the time the hacker group Anonymous was said to be behind it; Simmons had just spoken at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes, France. At a presentation entitled Building Successful Entertainment Brands the former bassist for KISS urged people in the music business to be litigious, sue everybody, take their homes, their cars, don't let anybody cross that line... The music industry didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced college kid who downloaded music, he said.
The first site attacked was Genesimmons.com. After it was stopped, Simmons posted a message that said he was working with the FBI to find those responsible. After that another DDoS attack occurred.
Anonymous has been implicated by Sony in the recent attacks on the PlayStation Network, though postings to the annonews.org site by Barret Brown, who says he is in close contact with many members of the group, say the group wasn't involved. In the Simmons case no such denial was issued.
Anonymous is a loose organization -- if it can be said to be organized at all -- and as such both denials and claims of responsibility are hard to pin down.