New submitter Michelle Davidson writes: After John Oliver urged viewers of HBO’s Last Week Tonight to fight again for net neutrality and post comments in support of it, people hit a wall — the FCC’s site essentially crashed. Originally, it was believed that the number of people trying to access the site caused the problem, but then the FCC released a statement saying “multiple” DDoS attacks — occurring at the same time Oliver sent viewers to the site — caused the site to crash: “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. These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC.” The group Fight for the Future doesn’t buy it, though, and wants proof. It says the FCC should release the logs: “The FCC should immediately release its logs to an independent security analyst or major news outlet to verify exactly what happened last night. The public deserves to know, and the FCC has a responsibility to maintain a functioning website and ensure that every member of the public who wants to submit a comment about net neutrality has the ability to do so. Anything less is a subversion of our democracy.” No word yet from the FCC on whether it will release its logs, leading the interwebs to speculate about whether it was actually an attack to prevent commenting or if the FCC is ill-prepared to handle large amounts of traffic and blamed DDoS attacks to cover their inabilities. People are even questioning whether the FCC’s tech team knows what a DDoS attack is.
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