Online hacker group Anonymous has sent out a call-to-arms for its latest prank: attempting to convince the world (or alien enthusiasts, more like) of the existence of men form outer space.

At 8pm on May 22, anyone in on the idea is encouraged to report the same UFO sighting (“a triangle of about 8 yellow lights in the sky”) to the relevant hotline or website of their choice. The idea is that the sudden influx of identical reports will convince UFO buffs that contact is finally about to be made.

Meanwhile, KISS star Gene Simmons has softened his opinion on the hackers, a direct contrast to his views when they hacked his site in October.

“I think they mean well, I think it’s misdirected,” Simmons  told “You’re talking about very bright young people who
really have a chance to enter the mainstream and make some money for
themselves and climb the ladder of success. If you tear down the
structure there’s no where to go.”

Anonymous crashed the bassist’s websites in revenge for a speech he gave urging artists to sue
copyright violators into submission. 

According to Simmons’ lawyer, the attack left his sites down for days
and cost the rocker as much as $US25,000.

His October threat read:

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.

“We will find you.

“You cannot hide.”

Simmons said  Anonymous hadn’t attacked him again.

“They know I’m being watched,” he said in reference to a recent FBI raid on the home of a Wahington 15-year-old boy suspected of being part of the group who attacked his site.

“I have big watch dogs.”