FCC Claims ‘No Cyber Attack’ On FCC’s Comment System

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FCC officially revealed that there was no cyber attack on alleged DDoS attack on FCC’s comment system. Then what really happened?

On Monday, disappointed Ajit Pai noted that the agency’s previous chief information officer, David Bray, was responsible for erroneous information regarding a purported cyber attack. It was claimed that there had been an intrusion on the  FCC’s comment system last summer while the agency considers new regulations to repeal net neutrality rules.

Pai’s comments were dispersed before the inspector general report’s release that examined the claims. According to the senior FCC officials, the comment system was annihilated on May 7 of last year by various distributed denial-of-service attacks or DDoS. Due to the alleged cyber attack, the comment system endured an erratic interruption that night following “HBO’s Last Week Tonight” host, John Oliver’s direction to drench the federal agency with comments that boost net neutrality.

Both Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) and Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) names were involved in the millions that were deceitfully used.  During that time, the Senate and the House of Representatives asked the FCC to investigate invented comments before the arguable vote of the net neutrality repeal.

Rep. Debbie Dingell investigated Pai in June regarding the cyber attack in the middle of the FCC oversight hearing. However, according to the FCC chairman, he was disallowed from openly deliberating the matter because thee are some information considered to be sensitive.

Pai said on Monday, “I want to thank the Office of the Inspector General, both for its thorough effort to get to the bottom of what happened and for the comprehensive report it has issued,” Pai said in a statement Monday. “With respect to the report’s findings, I am deeply disappointed that the FCC’s former Chief Information Officer (CIO), who was hired by the prior Administration and is no longer with the Commission, provided inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress, and the American people. This is completely unacceptable.”

To take away the condemnation from his office, he pointed to the Obama officials as accountable for neglecting to notify him that they opposed Bray’s claims. He said that he was frustrated that some working under the previous CIO allegedly either contradicted with the information that he was communicating or had inquiries about it. He does not feel at ease conveying their problems to Pai or his office.

Net neutrality advocate groups urgently supplant the agency’s claim that DDoS was liable for the idle time.  The FCC has refused to provide lawmakers with evidence for a long time demonstrating that there was indeed a DDoS attack. Last year in July, it also could not present any documented analysis to the Freedom of Information
Act inquiry revealing a cyber attack has happened.

The public justification for that industrial mess was a DDoS attack. It is a prevalent and basic hacking tool that typically utilizes more than a hundred thousand devices to destroy a service with traffic. The inspector general looked into the issue and is poised to release a report.

Fight for the Future said that he made his staff a scapegoat, but the incident happened on his awareness and reiteratedly blocked efforts by legislators and the press to acquire feedback.

Net neutrality is an arguable issue, and no one would like to be the sore losers. Most of the time, it has become a partisan issue. The FCC repealed it and gave freedom to ISPs to do whatever they want. Consumers are the only ones to suffer from the agency’s latest measure called the One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) rules.

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