FCC wasn't hit by DDoS - it was flooded with protests

First claiming they had 'gigabytes' of evidence of a DDoS attack, the reason the FCC can't produce it is because there was no attack. Instead, there was a wavefront of comments in regard to the issue of Net Neutrality.

The May 8th wave was spurred by HBO's John Oliver and his GoFCCYourself campaign in favor of preserving net neutrality - the concept that there are no favored speed lanes for the world's megacorps, while small businesses unable to pony up six and seven figure fees struggle with speed-restricted access. This is not a small matter if you run an online store, operate a web-based CRM, or stream media for example.

fcc chair Ajit Pai

FCC Chair Ajit Pai

In reply to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Gizmodo, the FCC sent back a refutation consisting of 16 pages of obfuscation - but no evidence of an attack.

What is known is that the FCC servers crashed immediately following the May 7th broadcast of John Oliver's show, and again, and again the next night following a re-broadcast of the segment. This echos crashed in 2014 and 2015, also under the weight of public comment.

A total of 16 pages of information were released to Gizmodo, yet none of them helped to explain the supposed cyber attack which brought down the FFC site on May 8th. This gives more credibility to the theory that the site was actually taken down by the large influx of complaint traffic driven by John Oliver's GoFCCyourself campaign.

Server logs of the crashes - and what caused them - appears on the FIght for the Future website, which is organized to advocate for net neutrality.  You can read more about it here.

CommSat has worked with our clients when their websites were taken down by attacks - or in one case like this one, a seeming attack caused by a faulty plugin. In all cases, we were successful in repelling the attacks (and the 'attack'). Securing your website and its important data is not a small matter, especially when you need to protect customer data.

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