E-Mails Show FCC Made Up DDOS Attack To Downplay The 'John Oliver Effect' 4 replies

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#1 4 months ago

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180605/07420739969/e-mails-show-fcc-made-up-ddos-attack-to-downplay-john-oliver-effect.shtml


"The FCC has been unwilling or unable to produce any evidence an attack occurred—not to the reporters who’ve requested and even sued over it, and not to U.S. lawmakers who’ve demanded to see it. Instead, the agency conducted a quiet campaign to bolster its cyberattack story with the aid of friendly and easily duped reporters, chiefly by spreading word of an earlier cyberattack that its own security staff say never happened."


Basically, John Oliver made it tremendously easy for folks to post their complaints on the FCC's website (created a domain that pointed straight to the petition page) and the sheer number of folks that wanted to make their voice hear crashed the FCC's servers. They said it was a DDOS attack, then decided to use made up accounts that supported their dismantling of Title II rules for an ISP (part of the Net Neutrality issue) which included phony accounts of other senators and even Barack Obama apparently protesting an action he wanted passed to begin with. Essentially, they got caught trying to create support that wasn't there and blamed the support that did happen on a technical issue. Ajit Pai is the kind of person that makes me want to slap him like he owes me money. 


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#2 4 months ago

The John Oliver effect is not one to mess with. His show has a way of taking serious issues, doing away with the legalese and boiling it down into easy to understand terms and giving people a way to react that makes sense to them. Betcha the FCC pissed themselves when they realised he was doing an episode on them.




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#3 4 months ago

Here's that video in question:




Here's the first segment for those curious:

 


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#4 4 months ago
Ajit Pai is the kind of person that makes me want to slap him like he owes me money. 

Someone or something definitely needs to wipe that stupid grin off his smug face.  He's like a wannabe benevolent dictator who is going to ruin your life for his benefit but sincerely believes it's for your own good.


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#5 4 months ago
Posted by JeffAjit Pai is the kind of person that makes me want to slap him like he owes me money. 

Don't he?


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