On Sunday night, John Oliver urged his viewers to visit a website called “GoFCCYourself,” which redirects users to a section of the FCC site where people can comment on the net neutrality proceeding. As a result, the FCC’s site temporarily crashed. Now, it appears that the FCC is claiming its website has hit by a cyberattack late Sunday night. The Hill reports: “Beginning on Sunday night at midnight, our analysis reveals that the FCC was subject to multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDos),” FCC chief information officer David Bray said in a statement Monday.
“These were deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCC’s comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host.” The FCC’s comments site went down in 2014 after the first time Oliver rallied his audience in support of net neutrality. In that case, it was widely believed the site went down because of the amount of traffic generated in the wake of Oliver’s show. But Bray on Monday said that this recent instance was caused by a cyberattack and not a flood of people trying to give input. “These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC,” he said.
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