The Drudge Report was attacked on Thursday with a DDoS . (Distributed Denial of Service) It was the biggest attack on the site in it’s history and lasted 90 minutes. Matt Drudge, the founder of the Drudge Report believes that because of the severity and the timing that it was the government that launched the attack.
Drudge asked in a tweet:
“Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT? Biggest DDoS since site’s inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing].”
Drudge Report was down briefly around 7 p.m. EST, but working hours later. The top headline read: “MOSCOW MOCKS OBAMA ‘LAME DUCK'” Meanwhile, the conservative Washington Times wrote: “Matt Drudge suggests U.S. government cyberattack on Drudge Report website. DDoS attack comes same day Obama announced countermeasures against Russia for hacking of Democrats.”
Conservatives on Twitter also accused the government of shutting down the Russian news website, RT. “Numerous reports of Russian state-run Network RT being unavailable. Drudge Report also under ‘Biggest DDoS attack since site’s inception,'” wrote one user.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday sanctions against several Russian agencies and individuals after cyberattacks during the 2016 presidential election against Democratic Party institutions that appeared to help Donald Trump win over Hillary Clinton.
“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions. In October, my administration publicized our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” Obama said. “These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.”