DOT website suffers ‘bot’ attack over ELDs

When the Department of Transportation (DOT) in early October asked for the public’s help with identifying regulations that should be repealed, replaced or suspended, it didn’t expect to be inundated by “bots.” Federal agencies are used to receiving large numbers of comments from people who are part of well-organized, grassroots write-in campaigns, but this time it was different. Instead of responses from real people concerned about a particular issue, internet robots or “bots,” inundated DOT’s website with the exact same wording showing support for keeping the pending mandate imposing electronic logging devices (ELDs) on trucking companies and truck drivers on track.

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