[Swiftwater Gazette] Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT
kroposki at att.net
Fri Dec 30 05:37:22 EST 2016
MattDrudge's verified Twitter account Thursday night appeared to accuse
the government of interfering with his website, DrudgeReport.com,just hours after the Barack Obama administration announced newsanctions against Russia over election hacking.
"Isthe US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT? Biggest DDoSsince site's inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing],"the tweet to Drudge's 457,000 followers read.
Alarge-scale distributed denial of service attack,or DDoS, can cause major Internet disruptions. In the past, suchattacks have shut down major websites such as Twitter, Spotify,Netflix, Amazon, Tumblr, and Reddit. The attack sends a server manyillegitimate requests to make it hard for real requests to getthrough, effectively shutting down the site.
DrudgeReport was down briefly around 7 p.m. EST, butworking 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 DrudgeReport website. DDoS attack comes same day Obama announcedcountermeasures against Russia for hacking of Democrats."
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