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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday December 11 2018, @08:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the shining-a-light dept.

Report: FBI opens criminal investigation into net neutrality comment fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the use of stolen identities in public comments on the government's repeal of net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday.

The investigation focuses on "whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people's identities were posted to the FCC's website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules," the report said.

"Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments," BuzzFeed wrote.

The FBI subpoenas came a few days after similar subpoenas sent by NY AG Barbara Underwood in mid-October. Underwood "subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors, and Washington advocacy organizations," The New York Times reported in October.

Previously: John Oliver Leads Net Neutrality Defenders to Crash FCC Website. Again.
Bot Floods the FCC's Website with Anti-Net Neutrality Comments
FCC Officially Publishes Net Neutrality Repeal
U.S. Officially Repeals Net Neutrality Rules; FOIA Request Reveals Details of Bogus DDoS Attack
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Passes Blame Over Lying About Public Comment System Being DDoSed
99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality
Ajit Pai Admits Russia Interfered in Net Neutrality Process amid Lawsuit


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:30PM (9 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:30PM (#773101) Journal

    Certain it was foreigners? Why would they care about the FCC when American companies actually have something to lose? Doesn't make sense. It's kinda like blaming Iraq for 9/11. Or what, this time they're telling the truth?

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:38PM (8 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:38PM (#773105) Journal

    Certain it was foreigners?

    Ajit Pai admitted it was in a legal filing. [soylentnews.org]

    So unless he's perjuring himself to frame the very people that gave him cover to do what he wanted, I's probably true.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:21PM (2 children)

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:21PM (#773134) Journal

      Let's look at that, shall we?

      Ajit Pai said it was a "fact" that there was Russian interference...

      Why is "fact" in quotes? Because it isn't, maybe?

      So, what do we have?

      server logs and IP addresses.

      Whoops! That's it?? Sorry, man. You know that shit don't fly. It's too easy to "photoshop" that junk too.

      How long has this crap been going on? two years or more? And you still have no admissible evidence. So far you still have only hearsay from jailbirds and other interested parties... I sure wish you guys had something so we could get rid of these people and move on, but the goal seems to keep the game running as long as possible so the elephant remains invisible.

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      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:53PM (1 child)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:53PM (#773158) Journal

        Why is "fact" in quotes?

        Because it's a quote.

        • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @11:05PM

          by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @11:05PM (#773166) Journal

          By him. They could have actually quoted the whole sentence. What was the reason not to? Anyway, the story is bullshit, a distraction. And contrary to your faith, the democrats will be of no help. The distraction is for their benefit. SNAFU

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    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:30PM (2 children)

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:30PM (#773138) Journal

      Well, shame on me for not following through!

      From the actual court filing apparently is this:

      the commission remains unconvinced of any meddling by Russian bots, residents, or government officials in the FCC comment system.

      thankyouverymuch

      Maybe there is possible perjury. We shouldn't be surprised by that, should we? Seems to be pretty common in this dirty business.

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      • (Score: 4, Informative) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:36PM (1 child)

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:36PM (#773144)

        I'm sorry, didn't he say there was nothing wrong with the comments 2 years ago?

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        • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:45PM

          by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:45PM (#773153) Journal

          That's what he said in court. He's apparently giving the tabloids a different story. Either way, there is still the small problem of actual, verifiable, admissible evidence.

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    • (Score: 2) by mr_mischief on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:45PM (1 child)

      by mr_mischief (4884) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:45PM (#773154)

      It's very convenient to blame someone within a sovereign foreign government when the subpoenas start getting served. If it's anyone in the US stealing identities and committing basic fraud and wire fraud that's who's going to be compelled to appear and potentially serve a sentence.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @05:40PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @05:40PM (#773548)

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Epstein [wikipedia.org]
        https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html [miamiherald.com]
        https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jeffrey-epstein-victims-lawyers-push-ruling-non-prosecution-deal-n946581 [nbcnews.com]

        If you wanted the swamp drained, he sounds like the guy whose connections should have been investigated more thoroughly, but lookee, he gets a slap on the wrist and told not to have his dick around anything underage in NY and he's free to go, while allowing all those people he has blackmail and proof of paedophelia on to get away. People who could collapse the Democrats, Republicans, Bankers, and Hollywood all in one fell swoop.

        If you need more proof that the system isn't working for the people, look right there. Just to make it even more egregious, look at how little they were getting paid. Overage prostitutes here in California get paid more than that. Good ones in the four to five figures a night.