The recent slow down on the FCC’s servers might be attributed to multiple “distributed denial-of-service attacks(DDoS)”, according to a statement from the Commission’s Chief Information Officer Dr. David Bray. DDoS is the result of a hacker seeking to make a machine or network unavailable to its intended users by temporarily disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet. The most common method is to flood the network with so much data that cannot handle all of the requests thereby slowing access to a crawl. According to Bray the attack appears to be limited to the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System. However, FIT has noticed slow downs within the Universal Licensing System as well.

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Sources:
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-015
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0508/DOC-344764A1.pdf