Cyberattack on FCC Leaves Little Disclosure To What Happened to Crash Their Site

In May, the FCC- Federal Communications Commission was victim to a cyberattack which caused its website to crash. This crash came when numerous traffic came to the site from a cloud service. This attack simulated 160 comments each minute in which someone was leaving comments on the subject of net neutrality.

On May 8th, the chief information officer of the FCC, David Bray made a statement in which he claims analysis had been performed on the data sent from the cloud however this report is not being kept out of the hands of people wanting to know what exactly happened that day. The IT staff for the FCC had noticed that an attack was taking place however the FCC is saying that at no point in time did any kind of documentation take place in regards to the attack.

The Freedom of Information Act is the act that allows people to request documents pertaining to business. The request occurred on May 21 in which the various other forms of records between employees and officers of the FCC carried on conversations regarding the cyberattack. The request was seeking any of the records that showed the analysis of the attack on the FCC.

On Wednesday, the FCC released 16 pages of reports in which the discussion was on the cyberattack on the FCC. None of the pages however led to anything being resolved or led to anyone knowing what exactly happened. The very few emails that the FCC had sent to a number of employees had been totally redacted.

The main reason that the FCC did not want to release any information is said to be due to information that is confidential and that can lead to privileged information. The FCC holds their ground on the fact that if the records are released, it could cause unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This claims that if the disclosure comes out, the people in the records could be harmed from the disclosure.