The publisher of the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge, mused tonight whether his website was subjected to a cyber-attack by the United States government even while the Obama administration is sanctioning Russia for so-far unproven meddling in the recent past election.
On the Drudge Report account at Twitter, Drudge said his news-aggregation service was targeted by “biggest DDoS since site’s inception:” which is a reference to a Distributed Denial of Service attack. His website was down for approximately 30 minutes this evening, users noted. “Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT?” he asked. Drudge added that there was “VERY suspicious routing [and timing].”
Later on, Drudge claimed that the “Attacking [was] coming from ‘thousands’ of sources. Of course none of them traceable to Fort Meade.” Fort Meade is the headquarters in Maryland of the United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency.
The Drudge Report took a favorable view of Donald Trump’s campaign and his eventual election. Democrats and liberals have blamed Russia for Hillary Clinton’s loss at the hands of the president-elect. After issuing an executive order, President Barack Obama vowed to undertake so-far unspecified sanctions against Russia that the public would probably never know about.
On Twitter, award-winning reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared to connect the denial of service at The Drudge Report to Obama’s reaction to claims of Russian meddling. The award-winning journalist wrote: “Maybe they think this is a proportional counterattack to Russia. After all they have decided @Drudge is Russian fake news, right?”
By 8:30 p.m. ET, after Drudge tweeted his complaint, both the mobile and desktop versions of the Drudge Report were accessible via several internet browsers.
Earlier this month, Spero News
reported that three state election agencies confirmed that their election systems to subjected to cyber-attacks that originated from Department of Homeland Security IP addresses. Georgia, Kentucky, and West Virginia reported the attacks.