FCC Website Under Attack
May 09, 2017
The website for the Federal Communications Commission has come
Initially, the problems were believed to have been caused by
comedian John Oliver, who on Sunday urged his viewers to leave
comments on the site about the FCC’s plans to revisit net
Net neutrality rules were implemented in 2015 and required
internet service providers to treat all traffic equally. New FCC
chairman Ajit Pai has said he will review the rules, arguing
they are "holding back investment, innovation and job creation."
The FCC, which “regulates interstate and international
communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and
cable,” says the website attacks were coordinated, distributed
denial of service attacks, not a surge in traffic.
actors were not attempting to file comments themselves, rather
they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and
file with the FCC," chief information officer David Bray said.
"While the comment system remained up and running the entire
time, these distributed denial of service events tied up the
servers and prevented them from responding to people attempting
to submit comments."
On his show, "Last Week Tonight," Oliver said, "Every internet
group needs to come together ... gamers, YouTube celebrities,
Instagram models, Tom from MySpace if you're still alive. We
need all of you," he said.
The FCC will vote on net neutrality rules on May 18.