Internet privacy is once again in the news. The protest dubbed Net Neutrality Day of Action is being held across the internet today. Companies protesting include our own Cruise Ship Wave Network of 75 websites, with more than 80,000 other websites taking part in the online protest against the FCC’s plans to roll back net neutrality rules.
After President Trump signed the bill, there were 100 companies who signed an open letter against Net Neutrality on May 7 2014. Companies participating in Day of Protest include Facebook, Google which includes Youtube, Amazon, Spotify, Vimeo, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo, Github, Mozilla, Adblock, Boingboing, BitTorrent, Change.org, Dropbox, Foursquare, Coworker.org, Discord, Democracy For America and dozens of other companies.
As Cruise Bruise reported on April 3, 2017, Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. According to the CNET.com article 13 things you need to know about the FCCs Net Neutrality Regulation, Net Neutrality is important to us as consumers for numerous reasons. We quoted only the first thing, as it explains the FCC’s Net neutrality order in three key rules:
- No Blocking. Simply put: A broadband provider can’t block lawful content, applications, services or nonharmful devices.
- No Throttling. The FCC created a separate rule that prohibits broadband providers from slowing down specific applications or services, a practice known as throttling. More to the point, the FCC said providers can’t single out Internet traffic based on who sends it, where it’s going, what the content happens to be or whether that content competes with the provider’s business.
- No Paid Prioritization. A broadband provider cannot accept fees for favored treatment. In short, the rules prohibit Internet fast lanes.
Part of repealing this legislation will likely contribute to Russian hackers ability to remain incognito for extended periods of time. Removing the requirements of ISP or web business notifications to Department of Homeland Security and the FBI when larger attacks occur, may result in a hacker haven free from retribution.
Websites are constantly under seize from Russian, eastern block and Asia Pacific hackers, trying to disrupt thousands of websites, which the average user enjoys and takes for granted.
We can tell you from our own personal experience in the past month, we’ve had over 100 documented hack attempts, many from Russia. This is not fake news, it’s an increased reality on the web since mid 2016.
You may have visited one of more of our websites and found them dead early on in the past month. It’s an ongoing, daily task for our Cruise Ship Wave Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the CTO of our hosting company, who work closely as a team, to strengthen our firewalls, quickly identify hack threats and nip their attempts in the bud, as well as continually upgrade with the latest website security to fend off these malicious attacks. But, it’s not just us. The web as we know it, during our work on it for the past 20 years has changed dramatically.
Google Report State of Website Security in 2016
“First off, some unfortunate news. We’ve seen an increase in the number of hacked sites by approximately 32% in 2016 compared to 2015. We don’t expect this trend to slow down. As hackers get more aggressive and more sites become outdated, hackers will continue to capitalize by infecting more sites.”
As reported in June, the Cruise Ship Wave Network has been undergoing a massive update, with dozens of our websites already upgraded to the latest technology.
Video: Tech companies rally on Net Neutrality Day of Action