FCC says it was victim of cyberattack after John Oliver show

The Federal Communications Commission is claiming its website was hit by a cyberattack late Sunday night.

The attack came shortly after comedian John Oliver urged viewers of his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” to file comments on the site in support of the agency's net neutrality rules, which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is aiming to roll back.

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