FCC: Traffic, Not DDoS, to Blame
Call it news everyone knew: The Federal Communications Commission on Monday reported that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack did not bring the website down during the net neutrality public comments period. Rather, it was the sheer volume of consumer posts.
The Way We Were
Back in 2012, Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai wait to be sworn in as the two new Commissioners at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo source: FCC/Flickr)
As Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement
posted after the findings were released yesterday:
The Inspector General Report tells us what we knew all along: the FCC's claim that it was the victim of a DDoS attack during the net neutrality proceeding is bogus. What happened instead is obvious -- millions of Americans overwhelmed our online system because they wanted to tell us how important internet openness is to them and how distressed they were to see the FCC roll back their rights. It's unfortunate that this agency's energy and resources needed to be spent debunking this implausible claim.
And, the day before the FCC vote -- split down party lines and led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai -- then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested the vote's postponement because of up to 2 million fraudulent comments his staff found during an investigation. As he said at the time:
Millions of fake comments have corrupted the FCC public process -- including 2 million that stole the identities of real people, a crime under New York law. Yet the FCC is moving full steam ahead with a vote based on this corrupted process while refusing to cooperate with an investigation. As we've told the FCC: moving forward with this vote would make a mockery of our public comment process and reward those who perpetrated this fraud to advance their own hidden agenda. The FCC must postpone this vote and work with us to get to the bottom of what happened.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.
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