Not to minimize the incompetence of these shops, but it seems many of these breaches are of Amazon S3/AWS. I admit I know nothing about how Amazon sets up their cloud offering, but could Amazon help by making their offering more secure by default?
"These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC."
Ok then. Release the stats for how many comments were filed leading up to and during the attack. If it's a flat line, then the claim of a DDOS attack sounds *slightly* more believable. If there was a steady increase, chances are it was the flood of comments that took the system offline.
Too bad cops can't get their guns to malfunction as often as their body cams. They should be docked pay equivalent to the time their body cams are unable to record video. After all, if there is no evidence, how does anyone know they were actually doing their job?
The government should force Apple, er, Barnes & Noble, to "nerd harder" and force them to figure out how to provide full access to all their books. Surely there are some smart people that can simply wave some magic pixie dust and undo all that evil DRM security.