It’s all about the issue of foreign intervention with net neutrality.
The Federal Communications Commission is being charged for the accounts that could possibly unveil the snooping of the Russian government. The New York Times company alleges the foreign administration of its prying before the federal agency repealed the net neutrality regulations of the Obama-era administration.
New York Times together with reporter Nicholas Confessore as well as investigations editor Gabriel Dance, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Sept. 20. It’s covered by the Freedom of Information Act, which attempts to oblige the FCC to provide the information.
The petitioners said, “The request at issue in this litigation involves records that will shed light on the extent to which Russian nationals and agents of the Russian government have interfered with the agency notice-and-comment process about a topic of extensive public interest: the government’s decision to abandon ‘net neutrality.”
They added that the federal agency had done every effort in order to block the New York Times from acquiring documents that Dance and Confessore initially requested in June of last year. Likewise, the complainants indicated a report from GroupSense, a cyber- intelligence company, that associates the email addresses noted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s “comment of 13 Russians together with three Russian firms” to the emails used to suggest remarks on the commission’s proposal to abolish net neutrality rules.
New York Times is requesting for data which also comprise the Internet Protocol (IP) address, time stamps including the agency’s internal web server logs. These logs are connected to the public comments presented to the agency.
The New York Times, as lobbied by in-house counsel David McCraw, noted that the commission has electronically obtained 22 million comments from April to August of last year. Even if the FCC originally blew the whistle on the intermission period over a series of “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks, the inspector general lately called the report unjustifiable. It also remarked the study conducted by the Pew Research Foundation which discovered that 57% of the comments regarding net neutrality that the agency received were established by bots.
On Thursday, an FCC representative pressed that the documents are confidential stating that the New York Times charged the agency to get hold of the internal web server logs. Such revelation will compromise the commission’s IT security procedures for its Electronic Comment Filing System.
The House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce Democrats sent the FCC a letter, inquiring the reason the agency did not acknowledge its mistake earlier. The lawmakers clamored for the details when did Pai and his associates that the alleged DDoS were untrue.
Apparently, the cyber attack that took the FCC website by storm came in following the millions of comments that flooded the said website. The commission even blamed the TV host, John Oliver for encouraging his viewers to send in their comments regarding the agency’s decision to nix net neutrality regulations.
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