The Federal Bureau of Investigation is delving into consideration if the millions of deceitful letters regarding net neutrality sent to the Federal Communications Commission’s digital comment system was a violation.
It was previously reported that 2 million of the fake net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC’s website were from stolen identities. This includes dead personality and two senators a Republican and Democrat.
Initially, the reports are what the FBI are taking interest in the case. It was already under probe as formerly disclosed by the New York attorney general’s office. Part of the New York attorney general’s formerly proclaimed investigation, the agency issued subpoenas to 14 organizations in October. Eleven of the organizations are each astutely conservative or associated with the telecom industry opposed to net neutrality, while three support it.
Both Massachusetts and Washington, DC attorneys general offices back the New York inquisition. The two states (MA and WA), also delivered subpoenas, however, their partaking was not previously detailed. The federal subpoenas showed up just a few days following the state ones. Two of the organizations claimed they received subpoenas linked to the fake comments that flooded the FCC’s websites.
Stanford University researcher, Ryan Singel discovered that out of the 22 million net neutrality comments, only 800,000 were unique and 99.7% were against the FCC’s repeal.
It was first thought that those submitted net neutrality comments were from Americans but Ajit Pai lately admitted that Russians have something to do with it. He claimed that they sent comments using their emails. It was worth noting that for the past several months he kept on denying that the commission’s comment system did not experience any denial-of-service or cyber attack.
The US intelligence along with the law administration has filed a case against the Russian groups that intervened in the 2016 presidential election. The offenders used embezzled identities to portray as Americans on Instagram and Facebook. They created Facebook groups, purchased unsettling ads, and established defiant images. The process is the same to influence the net neutrality debate which resulted in the massive volume of comments submitted to FCC.
The FCC did not provide the exact details that the New York Times and BuzzFeed News requested in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Journalist Jason Prechtel was granted only a portion of his request from the agency through a judge’s ruling that the FCC must release the emails used which submitted the vast comments.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel accused the commission of masking the truth regarding the fictitious net neutrality comments. She condemned the FCC of hampering journalism and hiding the truth.
“What is the Federal Communications Commission hiding? While millions of Americans sought to inform the FCC process by filing comments and sharing their deeply-held opinions about internet openness, millions of other filings in the net neutrality docket appear to be the product of fraud. 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,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote in a March 2018 op-ed.