Sorry, guys, you did not truly crash the FCC web site (replace: FCC responds)

Sorry, guys, you didn't actually crash the FCC website (update: FCC responds)

The one factor extra charming than John Oliver’s thirteen-minute internet neutrality explainer? The concept we, his viewers, managed to crash a part of the FCC web site as a result of we submitted too many feedback about its proposed internet neutrality laws. The truth is, although, whereas Oliver did certainly ship followers to FCC’s feedback web page, and although the location did certainly collapse quickly after, it seems the comic and his band of trolls aren’t in charge. In a press release to Vice, the Federal Communications Fee confirmed that it was truly hackers who took down the location, utilizing a database denial-of-service assault. In layman’s phrases, meaning they have been capable of get on the infrastructure of the location — not shocking, contemplating the FCC’s remark system is 17 years previous (yikes). The irony, in fact, is that the assault briefly made it unimaginable for anybody to go away a remark. Thankfully, the issue appears to be fastened, so head right here in the event you did not get your say within the first time round — the location could be previous and creaky, however it could actually in all probability deal with a couple of of you complaining directly.

Replace: An FCC spokesperson contacted us to say its assertion to Vice concerning the current website crash was misconstrued. The fee says it has no proof of a malicious assault; if something, a excessive quantity of visitors brought on the collapse (exactly due to the getting older web site infrastructure we point out in our story). Now, does that imply John Oliver incited a crash in any case? The FCC says it has no means of proving that, however we suspect lots of you’re satisfied anyway.

Replace #2: Vice says it confirmed with a “excessive-degree FCC supply” that the FCC website suffered a database denial-of-service assault. The publication stands by its story.

@DanaWollman excessive-degree FCC supply explicitly stated “malicious assault” to us in describing a db-DOS, we stand by the story

– Derek Mead (@derektmead) June eleven, 2014

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