Senators Schatz, Wyden Question FCC on Reported 2017 Cyberattack

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Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) called on the Federal Communications Commission to share more information about the reported distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the FCC’s website while it was open for comments on net neutrality in 2017. The letter comes over a year after reports of a DDoS attack on the FCC’s website, which prompted an initial letter from Sens Wyden and Schatz that questioned FCC’s ability to defend against such an attack and blunt any impact it could have on people’s participation in the debate around net neutrality. “Beyond your initial internal analyses that you reference in your June 15, 2017, response, have any subsequent FCC or third-party (e.g., vendor, contractor, or government agency) analyses or investigations verified that a cyberattack on ECFS occurred in 2017 and, if so, that the attack is best classified as a DDoS attack?” the Senators wrote. “If not, why was no investigation conducted?  Please provide any and all reports, findings, and other relevant details of any such investigations.”

Senators Schatz, Wyden Question FCC on Reported 2017 Cyberattack Letter from Schatz, Wyden to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (read the letter) Dems question FCC's claim of cyberattack during net neutrality comment period (The Hill)