EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Prior to today’s FCC hearing, hacktivist group Anonymous vowed to conduct a destructive cyberattack in protest of plans to dismantle net neutrality. Now, news reports indicate that the FCC did, in fact, vote to end protections for neutrality.

Just before the vote, Cecilia Kang from The New York Times reports that security guards abruptly entered the hearing room at the FCC and asked everyone to leave the room. Writes Kang, “Commissioners were ushered out a separate back door. The hearing restarted a short time later.” The move to deregulate passed along party lines, 3-2, with the Republicans prevailing.

Net neutrality regulations have been in place to prevent broadband providers from overcharging for certain content or services, to ensure a more even playing field for consumers who have come to rely on the internet for communications and other aspects of their lives.

According to International Business Times, “On Tuesday (12 December), a Twitter account which circulates news about the hacktivist group tweeted: ‘Anonymous to begin ‘destructive’ cyberattack on FCC.gov for the next 48 hours in response to #NetNeutrality.'”

International Business Times also reports that a video broadcast shows a person wearing the traditional Anonymous disguise–a Guy Fawkes mask–saying, “We will block and restrict access to websites through DDoS attacks and target those responsible should the FCC choose to move forward with the removal of net neutrality.”

Read the full story at International Business Times.