In the wake of the net neutrality argument in the US, Americans were not the only participants after all.
The US citizens might have been shocked to know that there were other millions of people who involved themselves in the controversial issue that the Federal Communications Commission is dealing right now regarding fake comments.
Before the FCC’s decision to abolish the previous net neutrality regulation, its website comment system was flooded with reviews and statements from different people throughout the nation and from other countries particularly Russia. After several months of denying regarding the denial of service (DDOS) attack, the agency’s chairman, Ajit Pai finally admitted the Russian’s interference in the net neutrality argument.
It appears that nearly 500,000 submitted comments regarding the repeal of net neutrality came from Russian email addresses. He made the revelation in a statement as a response to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests presented by BuzzFeed, The Times, and The New York Times. However, Pai said that letting out the details will make the US susceptible to probable cyberattacks.
Even FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworce accompanied an opinion to the memo. She argues that the federal agency must deliver the requested information.
“As many as nine and a half million people had their identities stolen and used to file fake comments, which is a crime under both federal and state laws. Nearly eight million comments were filed from e-mail domains associated with FakeMailGenerator.com. On top of this, roughly half a million comments were filed from Russian e-mail addresses,” the commissioner said.
She added that something is crooked and it’s time for the agency to tell the truth.
Pai claimed that Russians took part in last year’s net neutrality argument. It only indicated how their crusade influence can clout US democracy. The US intelligence and law administration have charged Russian groups of intervening in the presidential election of 2016. The perpetrators used stolen identities to pretend as Americans on Instagram and Facebook, created Facebook groups, bought disruptive ads, and posted revolutionary images. It looked that the group applied some of the similar methods to manipulate the net neutrality argument resulting in a huge volume of comments being presented to the FCC.
According to the public record review, out of the 22 million comments submitted to the FCC 2 million used embezzled identities including Senators Jeff Merkley (OR) and Pat Toomey’s (PA). Some of them include already dead people like actress Patty Duke, who passed away in 2016. Almost 8 million comments utilized email domains linked to FakeMailGenerator.com.