A senior US official has admitted to being the source behind a claim that the FCC was "hacked" in 2014 during the net neutrality debate. Internally, however, the agency's security team had assessed there was no evidence of a malicious intrusion.
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I ordered it on eBay. When the four-ounce envelope arrived from New York three days later, it looked innocuous enough. It contained a finger-sized black plastic box, a small black antenna to screw onto that box, and two glass fuses. It was designed to fit into a car's 12-volt electrical socket — that thing that used to hold a cigarette lighter.
The US Federal Communications Commission intends to keep secret more than 200 pages of documents related to an alleged cyberattack that the agency says impaired its systems two months ago. The agency claims that it was bombarded in early May with traffic originating from a cloud service, which caused its website to crash temporarily while reportedly receiving more than 160 comments per minute on the topic of net neutrality.
In between reeling from the catastrophic failure of the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare and hiding climate scientists from Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump's administration found time on Tuesday to signal FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's garbage plan to destroy net neutrality has its full backing.
A couple of weeks ago, John Oliver asked viewers to express their concerns about net neutrality on the FCC's website. Shady antics ensued and the FCC claimed its official website fell victim to a DDoS attack. Activists, senators and security experts have demanded to see the logs, but the FCC has decided they can't show anyone because of "privacy" concerns.
In a completely expected but still crappy move, the US FCC voted today to move ahead with Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back net neutrality rules enacted under the Open Internet Order of 2015.
Last week, we reported that tens of thousands of fraudulent comments had been filed in favour of FCC chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back net neutrality rules in the US, using text taken from the Center for Individual Freedom (though, according to the CFIF, they aren't behind the fake comments). We spoke to several people who had comments filed under their names and addresses, as did reporters from other outlets, and several more supposed commenters responded to our emails after publication saying they hadn't filed comments with the FCC.
The US House of Representatives voted today to repeal rules preventing internet service providers from selling their customers' web browsing and app usage data without explicit consent. The Senate passed the same bill last week, which means the only obstacle that remains is a signature from President Trump — and the White House has already signalled he will do so.
Until today, March 2 marked the date that internet service providers in the US would be required to adopt "reasonable" measures to protect sensitive customer info like browsing histories, location data and Social Security numbers. Thanks to the Federal Communications Commission's new leadership, however, that deadline will now be extended indefinitely, and we have no idea if or when those rules will be enacted.
In what appears to be a violation of the federal ethics rule that prohibits a government employee from using "his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product," Ajit Pai, the controversial new chair of the FCC, tweeted and subsequently deleted praise for Amazon's PrimeNow service.
"Needed something in pinch and decided to try @amazonprimenow. Very impressed! Item was cheap and arrived early. May not leave the house again," Pai posted to on his official FCC Twitter account, only to delete moments later.
United States presidential hopeful Jeb Bush just published a love note to big business that would be amusing, if it didn't give me second-hand embarrassment at witnessing a governor so explicitly express his adoration for corporatism.
When PayPal updated its user agreement earlier this month, people were pissed off. The agreement left people with two options: Agree to receive robocalls from PayPal, or stop using the service. Now the company is back-pedalling on the whole "deal with our obnoxious, aggressive automatic calling or GTFO" policy.
In the future every car will talk with other cars on the road through vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V). But the US government doesn't think that tech is coming soon enough. The US Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it will accelerate efforts to mandate V2V on American roads.