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External Actors Launched Denial-of-Service Attacks on FCC Electronic Comment Filing System

David Bray, chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, said that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has determined that its electronic comment filing system has been targeted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

The FCC said Monday that external actors attempted to bombard the agency website’s comment system and that this prevented personnel from engaging with legitimate commenters.

“While the comment system remained up and running the entire time, these DDoS events tied up the servers and prevented them from responding to people attempting to submit comments,” said Bray.

“We have worked with our commercial partners to address this situation and will continue to monitor developments going forward.”

Evan Greer, campaign director for non-profit organization Fight for the Future, urged the FCC to release its logs to an independent security analyst that could help confirm the validity of the agency’s statements, USA Today reported Monday.

The report noted that the Sunday attacks on the agency’s website happened as the commission requested feedback on net neutrality issues.

FCC proposed to end the regulation of the internet as a public utility and asked for public comments regarding a plan that will restore “internet freedom” via the reinstatement of market-based policies and the removal of the internet conduct standard.

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